Santa Parade in Morrisburg, Saturday, December 6, 2014
During the April 17th South Dundas council meeting, manager of public works, Hugh Garlough, presented council with an update on where things stand with the Iroquois Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades.
He also informed council that “April 27th is the sod-turning ceremony with the provincial and federal government being there.”
In the original notice to residents, chief administrative officer Stephen McDonald reported that “the work will include upgrading the equipment at the Elizabeth Drive sewage pumping station, clearing and excavating at the existing WWTP for new facilities and modifications to existing facilities and removal and replacement of existing outfall sewer.”
According to Garlough’s report, “everything is progressing quite well.”
The work is being done by J.C. Sulpher Construction Ltd. and overseen by AECOM Canada Ltd.
“They have the outfall just about completed,” said Garlough. “They were testing yesterday (April 16th) to make sure there were no leaks. There’s been excellent dry weather,” he continued, so “no extra pumping.”
McDonald confirmed that the ceremony is expected to take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27th.
The Green Food Bag program has been suspended indefinitely.
South Dundas recreation and program coordinator Ben Macpherson reported that November 19 will be the last pick up date for the program that has recently seen a large decline in participation.
The green food bag program was essentially a service the municipality provided to its residents. Those participating would pay $10 to receive a bag of fresh produce. The money was pooled and used to buy items in larger quantities at a savings, thus providing program participants with a variety of fresh produce at a great value.
“At the peak of the program in 2012 there were an average of 130 bags being purchased monthly.
In January, 71 green food bags were ordered and this month it dropped to 31.
“Thirty-one bags allows for $310 to purchase produce to fill the bags,” said Mcpherson. “With the rising cost of produce, especially in winter, this will be a difficult task and will amount to a limited variety and quantity of fruits and vegetables.”
Along with the decline in participation, the program, which relies on volunteer manpower, has been struggling to recruit volunteer help.
“The program has relied on the same five people for several years. Recently, two of these people have decided to step away from the program, increasing the workload on the others who remain. Attempts to recruit volunteers have been unsuccessful.
The antiques themselves were wonderfully old, but the location of the 2013 Antique Festival in Morrisburg was very new. This year, the Festival, which was held July 20-21, was set up in downtown Morrisburg, in the plazas.
“From all that we are hearing, we have a success on our hands, said Gerri Fitzsimmons, manager of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce. “The vendors (about 20 this year) told us they were very happy with the new venue. We found that we had steady visitors to the tents both Saturday and Sunday. Everything set up on the main mall, and really visible, which seemed to attract a lot of visitors. Also there was no admission price for the Festival.”
This year’s Antique Festival was operated for the first time by the Morrisburg Business Improvement Association, after the Morrisburg & District Lions Club indicated they were no longer able to operate the popular event. Carl McIntryre served as the chair of the committee, which assumed responsibility for organizing the festival in May.
“Earlier this year, our mayor outlined goals for South Dundas,” McIntyre said. “An event like this festival, bringing partnerships with business, government and local groups, really speaks to those goals. Doug Grenkie and the Pinkus family were very generous in donating their buildings to our event.”
“From a business poll we took,” Fitzsimmons said, “local businesses saw a substantial increase in traffic and revenue. Many felt that this move was a great idea. We are going to use feedback from the surveys to determine where to concentrate advertising in the future and to determine improvements for next year’s event.”
Shoppers could visit places like the tent of Brian Wildsmith, a specialist in antique ‘advertising.’ “Signs and any kind of advertising materials are top sellers in the antique market today,” he explained.
Mistralle Brouillard of Ottawa was interested in old books, while Susan and Chris Dwyre of Brockville were “looking for old toys.” Donna Leroux of Glen Walter came to Morrisburg’s Antique Festival to examine estate jewellery.
Times Past Antiques, from Ottawa, specialized in silver and antique objects from England and the continent. There were booths showing furniture, china, music and other collectibles and even a display of Ken Carter memorabilia.
“We talked to visitors from as far away as Pennsylvania,” said Festival volunteer Kim Morrow.
“The response has been wonderful this weekend,” said Helen Laurin, also manning the welcome desk. “This is the Morrisburg BIA’s first time running the Antique Festival, and we will use what we learn this week to make the event even better next year.”