Charlie Eamon, long-time resident of Morrisburg and a World War Two veteran, turned 90 years old on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. He celebrated his milestone birthday with friends and family on April 7th at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Morrisburg branch. The Easter weekend party brought opportunities for new memorable moments when, in addition to family and friends, Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry, dropped by the Legion to congratulate Eamon on his latest milestone. The two, deep in conversation, took a moment to pose for a photograph.
In response to difficult fire situations, including out of control burns and nuisance smoke complaints, faced by the South Dundas fire officials over the summer, municipal staff drafted a bylaw to govern open air burning.
The main source of contention this summer surrounded agricultural burning for land clearing purposes.
The new draft bylaw sets out specific requirements including set backs, brush pile sizes, control measures and permits that will need to be in place for all types of burning, once the bylaw is approved by council. That approval will not come until council’s issues with the requirements and permit fees are addressed.
After a lengthy discussion of the draft bylaw, at a special council meeting November 27, staff was presented with a number of changes.
During the discussions it was indicated that there will be some areas of the municipality, such as the towns of Morrisburg and Iroquois where burning will be prohibited.
Those in areas where open air burning is permitted will have to obtain a permit and pay a small administration fee to offset costs.
The permits guarantee contact between landowners and the municipality, resulting in a record of where and when the burning is to occur, and ensures that there is not a burn ban in place at the time.
On January 19th, South Dundas council approved Recreation Program Coordinator Ben Macpherson’s request to create a new logo for South Dundas Recreation.
This week, Macpherson is launching the South Dundas Recreation Logo Competition, which is open to South Dundas residents of all ages, except for those who are employees of the township.
In addition to incorporating the title ‘South Dundas Recreation’, Macpherson is looking for a logo whose artwork “reflects the values of the township of South Dundas and South Dundas Recreation in so much that any artwork will be tasteful and reflective of healthy living.”
As for why Macpherson has chosen to pursue the creation of a logo, he said, “South Dundas Recreation wants to make healthy active living a priority and in doing so want to become more visible in the community.”
“Branding will, over time, help develop an instant recognition of any program or activity run by or in partnership with South Dundas Recreation and the township.”
“The underlying goal is to foster community ownership.” What do you think a South Dundas Recreation logo should look like? The township is giving residents artistic reign; giving residents ownership of the final product.
“As part of the competition, the winning artist and logo will be launched on the cover of the next South Dundas Recreation Guide, due out the first week of March.”
“The guide will be delivered to every household in South Dundas and will also be available to pick up at a variety of places throughout the township,” said Macpherson.
He challenged, “we want to see the creativity that we know exists in the Township of South Dundas.”
The contest will close at 4:30 p.m. on February 21st. For a list of guidelines, see the accompanying advertisement.
The formerly named Station Road which leads to the CNR tracks north of Morrisburg has gotten a new name, Jones Road.
At the January 17th South Dundas council meeting, Hugh Garlough, Manager of Public Works, recommended that council change the name based on a recent review of township road maps and by-laws.
Garlough explained, “we found out this road was named Station Road by the Village of Morrisburg in 1960. This conflicts with Station Road in Iroquois as well as Marine Station Road in Matilda.”
Jones Road is named after Eddie Jones who, according to Garlough, worked for the CNR before and after the Seaway Project.