Pictured are members of the local Golden Gears car club with one of two truck loads of food they delivered to the Morrisburg Branch of the Dundas County Food Bank on Wednesday, September 19. In addition to approximately $3,000 worth of food which was collected at last weekend’s celebration in Iroquois and the Club’s Car Show, the delivery included cheques totalling $1,100 which were presented to coordinator, Norma Smith. This represented donations from the club and proceeds of the 50-50 draw held at the September 16 Car Show.
By the end of August, the municipal portion of the Morrisburg Collegiate Institute redevelopment could be complete.
The ongoing $4 million renovation project that will provide a new home for South Dundas’ municipal administration, a new home for the Morrisburg location of the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic and a new home for the Morrisburg library, is progressing very well, according to Don Lewis, South Dundas manager of buildings and facilities.
Lewis regularly meets with the contractors, and is impressed with the constant and steady progress being made with the renovation.
“I go there two times a week and every time I go there is something new to look at,” he said.
So far, the project is about a week ahead of schedule.
By mid August, the contractors will likely have the second floor and third floors of the building ready for South Dundas township to start moving in, according to Lewis.
Once the municipal portion of the building is ready, the contractors will then turn their full attention to the clinic portion of the building which will be housed on the first floor. When the clinic moves into their new space, the library renovation commences.
The entire project will be completed by the end of this calendar year.
“As of April 11, we are on schedule and there have been no unforeseen costs to that date,” said Lewis.
Bourgon Construction was given the keys to the building December 2.
In January the abatement of asbestos and lead paint in the building was complete.
Now, the basement has been filled, the concrete floor has been poured, the steel wall studding is in, and the drywall on the second and third floors are 90 percent complete. Blocks are being laid for the elevator shaft, and that too should be complete this week.
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) released the numbers for local property assessments on December 6th.
This year, South Dundas is seeing a 1.19 per cent increase. The average home in South Dundas will see a 5.48 per cent increase.
According to South Dundas Treasurer Shannon Geraghty, “the 5.48 per cent provided by MPAC represents the increase in assessments from 2011 to 2012 due to the four-year phase-in by MPAC. Therefore, from 2011 to 2012 the average increase in assessment for property owners could be approximately 5.48 per cent.”
The four-year phase-in was introduced by MPAC in 2008 and began in 2009. According to MPAC: “To provide an additional level of property tax stability and predictability, the market increases in assessed value between 2005 and 2008 will be phased-in over four years.”
“The 1.19 per cent is based on a combination of the loss in assessments and the new growth within the township,” Geraghty explained.
“Assessment loss arises from property owners appealing their assessments and thus the decision by MPAC to reduce the assessment creates an assessment loss overall for the township.”
“The 1.19 per cent growth component results in approximately $15,000 to $30,000 in new tax revenue for the 2012 year.”
Geraghty predicted, “this number (1.19 per cent) should be favourable to the residents of South Dundas as it shows a small growth within the community which we hope we can continue to build on.”
“As far as 2012, the increase in tax revenue will be included in the 2012 bottom line during the 2012 budget.”
When asked if there was anything readers should know or understand, he offered: “The overall outlook at tax rates and how much an owner will pay in 2012 is difficult to predict until we have a better forecast on revenue and expense projections, which are completed in the 2012 budget.”
Darren Dalgleish, General Manager and CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has won a Canadian Government Executive (CGE) Leadership award.
This prestigious award recognizes Dalgleish and his team for leadership in business renewal efforts through their strategy ‘Alive in Five’.
“I am very honoured to be recognized with this award. The toughest part of my job as CEO of SLPC is standing to receive recognition for work that others have done. Over the past two years, my incredibly talented team has rallied around a common vision of self sufficiency and business excellence and we have achieved real momentum,” said Darren Dalgleish, General Manager and CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
The award criteria was based upon the demonstrated benefits improved service and reduced costs; difficulties faced; the quality of change management and leadership; innovation, collaboration, networking and partnerships; the development of team support and employee “buy-in”; the significance and materiality of the project; lessons learned and Replicability.
“Congratulations to Darren Dalgleish on receiving the 2014 Canadian Government Executive Leadership Award. The Commission has successfully enhanced its service offerings in creative and innovative ways during challenging economic times. This award is a well-deserved testament to the hard work, dedication, ingenuity and leadership of the entire St. Lawrence Parks Commission team,” said Steven Davidson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Shortly after the arrival of Dalgleish, the SLPC adopted the business renewal strategy they call ‘Alive in Five’.
The strategy, now in its third year, aims to completely renew the organization to self sufficiency within five years.
There are two essential pillars of this plan; 1: Cost Structure improvement through the execution of Lean Kaizen methodology, enrichment of programs and product portfolio.
“As an Agency of the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, our priorities are complex and diverse, but we believe growth and cost effectiveness are key to regional economic growth and essential to enabling sound stewardship of the heritage facilities and properties entrusted to us” said Dalgleish.
“Our focus is simple, we simply challenge everything we do with the question – “Would the customer be willing to pay for that?”” Dalgleish added.
The other key is to lead a staff culture change whereby there was greater connection from the top to bottom of the organization with fewer layers, more open dialogue and greater employee engagement.
Staff surveys, quarterly ‘All Hands’ meetings, Kaizen events, a Hero’s Cup staff award recognition program and other initiatives have helped to dramatically improve employee morale and engagement.
“The open door management style at SLPC is taking hold” Dalgleish said.
He also sites General Electric’s philosophy of E=QxA (effectiveness = quality (of the idea) x acceptance) as essential to the sustainability of change and at the core of SLPC’s quest.
“Darren has brought an important private sector perspective to the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. His passion for his work has permeated the whole organization and has given new energy to all our initiatives,” said Ian Wilson, Chair, St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
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With extensive experience in business renewal and development, Dalgleish joined the St. Lawrence Parks Commission as CEO in 2011 charged with executing a corporate transformation to create business sustainability.
He has extensive executive leadership experience in the public and private sectors, led multinational companies and business transformations.
He is educated in Engineering and Business and has studied at Loyalist College, York University and the University of Tennessee and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission operates internationally renowned historic site Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, part of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, thirteen campgrounds and beaches from the 1000 Islands to the Quebec border, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course and Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary along with two scenic parkways – the Long Sault Parkway and the 1000 Islands Parkway.