Last weekend, fire fighters were out in Iroquois with the familiar boot asking people to help in the fight against muscular dystrophy. On Friday, August 24, representatives of the South Dundas Fire Emergency crews were out collecting in Morrisburg for the national charity. Jason Denio (l) and Kent Nugent said they “hoped to raise as much as we can” for the cause. Eight to ten local firefighters took part in the “boot drive” at different locations in and around the plaza inviting people to help in the fight.
His many friends and political colleagues were saddened to learn of the death of longtime area resident and longtime former reeve of the village of Morrisburg, Bill Dillabough on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Ottawa General Hospital. He was 84.
Bill leaves his loving wife of 66 years, Phyllis and his children, Bill (Michelle), Gord, Penny (Al) and Wendy (Paul).
First elected as a councillor for the village of Morrisburg in 1971, Bill’s career spanned 20 years. After two years as councillor, he was elected reeve, a position he held for 18 years until his retirement from municipal politics in 1991.
He was the longest serving reeve in the history of Morrisburg.
In his youth, Bill was a talented hockey player and his love of the game continued throughout his life. He managed the Morrisburg Combines in the early 1960’s, and was a member of the Ottawa District Hockey Association and president from 1972-74. In 1978, he was made a life member of the ODHA.
In 1981, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council of Amateur Sports and Physical Fitness by Stormont Dundas MP Ed Lumley. He was reappointed in 1983.
In a 1981 interview with The Leader, Bill said a highlight of his career was when he was the 10th Morrisburg reeve to become Warden of the United Counties.
He spent a very busy year as warden, with the celebrations connected to the SD&G United Counties Bicentennial. One of the activities included the opportunity for Bill and his wife Phyllis to meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip when they visited Upper Canada Village. His council at the time included Harland Veinotte, the late Karen Gorrell, Al Belanger and Bill Shearing.
During the 10th anniversary celebration of Old Home Week in 1980, as Mayor Bill participated in the “Dukes of Hazard” themed parade. It at that time that he was affectionately dubbed “Boss Hog”, a beloved nickname that stuck, and one that he derived great pleasure from.
Dillabough told the Leader in the 1991 interview, that he didn’t believe in being involved in politics “just to be in it. It’s easy to criticize, but if you’re not involved, and not prepared to get involved, you shouldn’t criticize.”
In 1985, persuaded by Ontario Liberal leader David Peterson, Bill entered the provincial election as Liberal candidate for SD&G against Tory incumbent Noble Villeneuve. It was his lone bid for provincial office, and, he fared respectably well, garnering 7,037 votes.
Bill announced his retirement from municipal politics in September 1991. His council included, deputy reeve Peter McCooeye and councillors Dirk Testerink, Gord MacGregor and Peter Remillard.
Although he did not run for council in the 1991 election, he was acclaimed school trustee for the Village of Morrisburg and Williamsburg.
After his retirement, Bill’s love and interest for his community continued and in 2006, upon identifying a need in South Dundas that he felt he could fulfill, he made an unsuccessful bid for council.
Bill is known far and wide and was a true proponent of his Morrisburg community that he served faithfully for so many years.
A $2 million sewer and water project that will see 1,050 meters of roadway from Canada Way west to the first bridge of Lakeshore Drive dug up this summer will get started as soon as possible.
The project will include sanitary sewer and watermain replacement, storm sewer improvements and the necessary road and sidewalk rehabilitations.
Although it was agreed that work should start as soon as possible, South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds, asked that work not start until after Tubie weekend, the 43-year old summer event that attracts large crowds to the Morrisburg waterfront and includes a parade along that stretch of road.
This sewer replacement work was identified as a high priority in the inflow and infiltration study done on the Morrisburg sewer system.
It is expected that the completion of this work will eliminate or reduce the risk of basement flooding, for which there is a history at several residences along Lakeshore Drive in Morrisburg.
This project includes up-sizing the sewer to accommodate expansion of the collection system to the west limit of the village allowing residents currently on private septic system, as well as future developments to connect to the sanitary sewer, according to the report to council by South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald.
Todd Grant of AECOM, the project managers, said the hope is that throughout the construction they will be able to maintain a lane to let traffic flow through the area.
“This will be a mess while it’s going on, but in the end it will be worth it,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds.
The sanitary sewer work will be funded by the Government of Ontario under the Strategic Investments Funding for the sanitary sewer rehabilitation program. The watermain replacement will be funded through water capital replacement and water rate stabilization reserves and storm sewer work will be funded by the United Counties of SD&G.
South Dundas council awarded the project tender to Cornwall Gravel at the July 16 regular council meeting.
Four bids were received, ranging in price from $2 million to $2.5 million. Cornwall Gravel submitted the lowest bid.
Upper Canada Playhouse continued its decade-long tradition of assisting local charitable organizations with their valuable community work by do-nating an entire performance of one of their shows.
On Saturday, August 27th, some 18 organizations were giv-en tickets to the matinee perfor-mance of Not Now, Darling. The organizations included: Prescott Anglican Church of Canada, Galop Canal Revitaliza-tion Project, South Dundas Park Pals, South Dundas Chamber of Commerce, Friendly Circle Seniors Club, St. Mary’s/St. Ce-cilia’s CWL, Dalhousie Mills United Church, First Student Canada, SDG Cornwall Shriners Club, Community Living Dundas County, Avonmore Fair, Lake-shore Dr. United Church, Morrisburg Lutheran Church, Happy Face Nursery School, La Leche League Canada, Dundas County Food Bank, Centretown United Church and MS Society.
Over the past 10 years The Playhouse has been pleased to contribute over $60,000 in tickets in support of the many different charitable organizations who in turn offer a wide variety of ser-vices to the local community.