Messy Day on July 19 is one of the special beach days sponsored by South Dundas Recreation and the Ontario Early Years Centre. The beaches project is now in its third season with events also taking place in Iroquois. Dozens of children gathered in Morrisburg to enjoy exciting and delightfully messy activities under the supervision of Ben Macpherson, recreation program co-ordinator and Fiona Carr of the Early Years, and the Morrisburg life guards. With magic mud, gooey slime, volcanoes in the sand, face painting, the Duckie wading pool, a slip and slide, Pie in the Eye, and of course, Shaving Cream Musical Chairs, there was little doubt that everyone could be just as messy as they wanted.
As we head into the Christmas season, traditionally a season of giving, South Dundas council has been offered a rather unique gift.
A strong proponent for public washrooms in the Morrisburg Plaza has offered to gift a property to the municipality for that purpose.South Dundas council discussed the offer made by Douglas Grenkie at the November 6 council meeting.
Grenkie, who owns a property in the Morrisburg Plaza, south of Bo’s Barber Shop, is prepared to donate the property to the township for the main purpose of public washrooms in return for a receipt for income tax purposes for the appraised value of the property taking into account monies paid out for the ongoing interior renovations to the building.
“Although there is one bathroom facility now, the township or its agents would be responsible for the installation and costs of more toilet facilities including wheelchair accessibility,” wrote Grenkie.
“There’s a desire for a public washroom. Mr. Grenkie has offered the property, so we should pursue this opportunity if it’s a suitable location,” said South Dundas councillor Evonne Delegarde.
“I’d like to see a lot of documentation to see how we would operate a public washroom,” said South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke.
“A public washroom for the Morrisburg Plaza has always been an issue since I’ve been on council,” said South Dundas councillor Jim Graham. “I think we should explore this proposal a little more.”
“There are still some unknowns, so I would need to see some more information,” said South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan.
“It’s a generous offer,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds, saying that the municipality should at least entertain it as an option.
Staff will do some research and provide input before council makes a decision.
Several hundred people gathered at Upper Canada Village on Fathers’ Day, Sunday June 19, to enjoy a very special event. The famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, just returned from celebrating the Queen’s 90th […]
Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) continued a tradition of fiscal responsibility Wednesday night, September 10, by instituting an administrative hiring freeze and moving to better monitor spending in an age of fiscal constraint.
Members passed three motions during the first Board meeting of the new school year to ensure the UCDSB lives within the budget passed by trustees in June.
The motions were approved out of concern due to recent hints by the Ministry of Education that the province is tightening its belt, which may affect future funding for the board.
Director David Thomas welcomed the changes.
“At this board, we have created a legacy of compliant budgets and responsible use of resources and the board has simply asked us to continue in this manner to ensure budgetary needs are met,” said Thomas.
“These moves are consistent with the trustees’ focus on accountability as has been exemplified by the Accountability Framework,” added Chair Greg Pietersma.
Changes implemented to ensure accountability include:
•Trustees approved a hiring freeze on all administrative positions outside positions that have already been advertised. The freeze is in effect until March 11.
•Members called for a comprehensive review of service delivery that will have no impact on classroom activities.
•To better monitor spending, trustees requested financial reports any time a department budget is exceeded by three per cent or more. The motion also requires the department manager to propose a remedy.
This past June marked the 11th straight year that the board has passed a Ministry of Education-approved, compliant budget that meets all our students’ needs, said Thomas.