It was a celebration of biking and bikers at Gillard’s Chip Wagon & Dairy Bar on Thursday, August 16, when the Gillard family held a special night for bikers of all ages. “This night was a chance for us to give back to bikers for supporting our regular Thursday Bike Nights for the last three years,” said Sheila Gillard, eldest daughter of owners Patty and Dennis Gillard. “On a normal Thursday evening, we get between 60-120 bikers dropping in during the good weather,” said Patty Gillard. “but tonight we expect well over 200 to arrive and join us for free coffee, donuts, finger foods and beverages. These are great people, and we count them as friends for life. Word of mouth has brought bikers from Cornwall, Brockville, local areas and the United States to our stop. This Appreciation Night is our thank you.” Above are just some of the early arrivals at Gillard’s. In the inset, proving a love of biking runs in the family, are (l-r) Sheila Gillard, Kayla Gillard and grandfather John Beehler, who rides a 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide.
Following an ongoing investigation into several reported break-ins occurring during the month of April in South Dundas, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry and Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police Crime Unit members have arrested and charged four adults.
Details were released May 7.
Criminal Code of Canada search warrants were executed at two residences in Edwardsburgh Township resulting in several items of stolen property recovered; consisting of drugs, assorted electronics, hunting equipment, hand/power tools, lawn tractor/gardening products and cash.
Allan Robinson (42) of Edwardsburgh Township is charged with;
– Break, Enter a Place – Commit Indictable Offence (4 counts)
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 (4 counts)
– Mischief Under $5,000 (2 counts)
– Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine.
He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on June 9, 2015.
Patricia Mellon (36) of Cardinal, Ontario is charged with;
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
She is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on June 9, 2015.
Christos Valaveris (50) of Prescott, Ontario is charged with;
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
– Fail to Comply with Recognizance.
He was held in custody pending an appearance (bail) at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville.
Tara McEnaney (41) of Prescott, Ontario is charged with;
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.
She was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville on June 5, 2015.
“Camp Kagama really is a true home away from home for our campers,” said David “Capi” Wattie, one of the directors of Camp Kagama, near the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary, out on Morrison Island. […]
After two full days of deliberations, March 5th and March 12th, the South Dundas 2012 budget is now complete.
At the first meeting on March 5th, Mayor Steven Byvelds began by reminding council that “it’s still tough times out there.”
Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald said, “our budget process is evolving every year. The municipality is in a good financial position with a healthy reserve.”
As for the 2012 budget, “it’s really a no-frills budget. There’s really nothing in this budget that’s not needed. The capital budget is up. That’s where most of the increase is located.”
According to Treasurer Shannon Geraghty, there is a 3.5 per cent increase, dollar for dollar, over last year’s budget. This year’s budget is $4,886,565 whereas last year, in 2011, the budget was $4,721,453.
In terms of money allocated for capital projects, last year council spent $1,190,214 on capital projects. This year, the budget for capital projects has increased to $1,657,113 with the bulk being taken up by the roads department ($1,532,361) and the fire department ($225,855).
The tax rate for South Dundas has gone down by 3.24 per cent.
This doesn’t mean that South Dundas resident’s taxes are going down by 3.24 per cent, however. Each home’s taxes are based on the MPAC (Municipal Propertay Assessment Corporation) as well as the combination of tax rates from three sources: South Dundas township; United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and the school board.
Geraghty explained that “right now we’re looking at tax rates decreasing, but people will be paying more because their assessments (MPAC) are increasing.”
There is a 5.06 per cent average increase on assessments due to MPAC’s four-year phase in. If an individual’s assessment is over that percentage, they could see an increase. If their assessment is below that percentage, they could see a decrease.
According to Geraghty, last year’s average assessment was $149,090, which equated to $739.90 in taxes for the municipal portion of the tax bill.
Following the same format this year, adding in the 5.06 per cent assessment increase, the average assessment for 2012 could be $156,634, which would equate to $752.15 in municipal taxes.
The Counties of SD&G council will meet for budget discussions again on March 19th.
The South Dundas budget will be officially passed at the upcoming March 20th council meeting.