Hi. Our names are Fang (tan coloured husky pictured left) and Austin (black and white husky-husky/mix right) and we are both currently staying at the South Dundas Animal Control Pound. We are looking for forever homes. Both of us are estimated to be about two years old and we are both males. (Fang has been neutered, Austin has not.) Anyone interested in providing homes for either of these two beautiful dogs, should be prepared to handle a high energy dog. The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog and is a working dog breed. They are very active and energetic, and if trained can make a great family pet. The Husky is affectionate with people but independent. Obedience training is recommended. Huskies tend to run and are excellent escape artists which could be why these two have landed at the South Dundas facility. Huskies need physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis. Many are used for recreational mushing and skijoring, and they absolutely love the activities. For more information on Fang and Austin, or to meet them please call Kevin Casselman at 613-543-2980
Municipalities were notified on January 24th of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund’s (OMPF) budget decisions.
South Dundas has been allotted $1,046,000. This is $22,400 more than last year, according to the OMPF 2012 Allocation notice.
According to the government’s website, the OMPF “is the Province’s main transfer payment to municipalities. Its objectives are to: assist municipalities with their social program costs; support areas with limited property assessment; address challenges faced by northern and rural communities; and, respond to policing costs in rural communities.”
The surrounding SD&G municipalities will receive the following: North Glengarry will receive $2,010,700; North Stormont will receive $1,230,600; North Dundas will receive $958,700; South Glengarry will receive $1,188,800 which is $62,800 more than 2011; and, South Stormont will receive $999,200 which is $149,600 more than last year.
South Dundas has about $6 million worth of government funding at their disposal to rehabilitate its sewer systems in Morrisburg, Iroquois and Williamsburg, and the work will begin early in the new year.
At the December 18 council meeting, South Dundas awarded a $2.7 million tender for sewer work to Insituform Technologies Ltd.
The work associated with this tender includes the relining of sanitary sewers, manhole repairs and other associated work.
The engineer’s estimate for this work was over $4 million, so council was pleasantly surprised to see the bids come in more than a million lower than expected.
The type of sewer work taking place is designed to address inflow and infiltration issues.
Once complete, it should alleviate some of the pressure from the municipal sewer plants that are seriously overburdened during large rainfall events.
This work will start early in the new year and take about 16 weeks to complete.
With the remaining funds, the replacement of the sewer main along Lakeshore Drive is a priority.
“A lot of these sewer issues have gone back to the last term of council, so a lot of people will be glad to see this work get underway,” said South Dundas councillor Jim Graham.
The crowd was much smaller but the concerns were mostly the same at the May 16 SD&G Library Board hosted public information session which took place at the Morrisburg library branch.
About 30 people attended the meeting. Most had previously attended the meeting in Williamsburg the week before.
While this information session was meant to show the people of Morrisburg what the board has planned for the new branch, 95 percent of the questions asked and concerns raised from the floor were from the same people who are continuing to actively fight to keep the Williamsburg branch of the library open.
Karen Franklin made the County library presentation that rationalized and explained the need for change.
“If we don’t make changes, the library system is at risk of sinking into oblivion,” she said. “Change is necessary and change can be good.”
Because the new branch location in Morrisburg will see foot traffic of 300-500 people per day passing through the doors of the building, they hope they will be able to attract some new users. Presently, about 12 percent of South Dundas residents are active library users.
At this meeting, as at the meeting in Williamsburg, South Dundas council was accused of not working for what the people want.
Although some members of South Dundas council were at the meeting, they were there strictly in an observatory role.
Library board chair Bill McGimpsey did comment on this point. “They too are elected to represent the other 10,000 people of South Dundas who are not using the library,” he said.
South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke did point out that council has yet to declare an official position on the matter and that will be done at the next council meeting.
Regardless of South Dundas council’s official position, the Library board has already decided that the consolidation is taking place and that the Williamsburg branch is closing.
Even if South Dundas council supports the idea of maintaining a library in Williamsburg, the library is being displaced from their current home as of August 1, and the library board has no funds at their disposal to make arrangements for an alternate location.
“Next election, people will remember this,” said Sandra Bailey to the politicians in the room. “As long as there’s 10 kids in Williamsburg using this library, keep the damn thing open. Find the money. There’s money for other things, why not this?”
Someone in the audience explained that although he understands that the library is trying to stay alive, the library in Williamsburg is an important resource that the people there are trying to hold on to. “By removing this resource, children are being deprived.” he said.
Mary Strader questioned how the consolidation would truly be an enhancement. “The only enhancement I see is a few additional hours of open time: Not more terminals. Not more books. I see it as less.”
“Look around, look at who’s here. Nobody in Morrisburg is even interested to see what’s coming their way. You are going after the non-users at the expense of the users,” concluded Strader.