Correction: The August 14 issue of the Leader incorrectly identified Joe Groeneveld as the Dixon's Corners youth director. He is in fact the Williamsburg youth pastor. Dan Ponsen is the Dixon's youth director. We apologize for the error.
Effective June 30, this year, the Iroquois United Church, which is currently a one point charge, will become a two point charge when the congregation joins together with the Brinston-Hulbert United Church.
“Until then, everything will continue as is,” said Sandy Decker, who co-chairs the Iroquois United Church board with John Marston.
Once the parishes are united at the end of June, becoming the Iroquois-Matilda United Church, the plan is to continue to hold Sunday service in Iroquois weekly.
A second Sunday service will take place alternate weeks at the Brinston and Hulbert churches. Specific details about the timing of the services, and more, will be determined over the coming months.
Congregations of United Churches across the Seaway Valley Presbytery have been visioning the future of the churches. Part of that process has involved the churches entering into discussions with each other and planning their futures together.
During the South Dundas council meeting on April 3rd, Chief Chris McDonough of South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services recommended the purchase of a SCBA compressor.
He recommended purchasing the SCBA compressor from D&L Fire Equipment of Ingleside.
“They are a specialized supplier for this type of equipment and lucky for us they’re in Ingleside.”
“Last year we purchased a ‘Scott re-fill station’ from D&L which was the first of a two part purchase to bring this piece of equipment up to current standards with our health and safety regulations.”
“I did sole source this,” said McDonough.
“This is a specialty item which takes approximately six to eight weeks for delivery and given the age and operating condition of our current compressor, given the condition of this piece of equipment, time will not permit for competitive bids.”
He explained that the current SCBA compressor has “been limping along. It’s at the end of its life.”
Referring to the close proximity of the company and to the maintenance program, McDonough said, “I feel that it will save money.”
Councillor Archie Mellan said, “we need it. Get it done.”
Mayor Steven Byvelds was concerned with the sole sourcing component of the request, but agreed that McDonough “had good valid reasons.”
The recommendation was approved.
McDonough informed council that the lifespan for this project is at least 15 years. The cost, accounted for in the 2012 capital budget, is approximately $30,000.
At the February 7th South Dundas council meeting, Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke inquired as to the status of Dunbar Hall.
Clerk Brenda Brunt revealed that staff is still waiting to meet with Aviva. The insurance agent, she reported, was currently away. Upon return, staff will meet with the agent and move forward from there.
Locke expressed concern over the length of the process.