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Septic system inspections to be handed over to SNC

 

What seemed like a simple matter of transferring a contract from one subcontractor to another, quickly became a controversial topic for discussion at the October 18th South Dundas council meeting.

Don Lewis, Manager of Planning and Enforcement for South Dundas, proposed to council that the township consider entering “into an agreement with South Nation Conservation (SNC) to deliver Part VIII of the Ontario Building Code (OCB) pertaining to the design, construction, and maintenance of sewage systems.”

Lewis outlined the situation and reiterated his recommendation from the written proposal presented.

South Dundas, as well as neighbouring municipalities, received a letter from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) on August 3, 2011 terminating their role as subcontractors for administering Part VIII of the OBC effective January 1, 2012.

Sewage systems became the responsibility of the municipalities in 1997 whereby they were given permission to subcontract to health units or to conservation authorities.

With this new development, a meeting was arranged with the Chief Building Officials of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry on August 11 “to discuss possible options of delivery methods.”

Two options mentioned were contracting SNC or doing the job “in house” whereby the township would hire additional staff specifically for the task.

Lewis believes that “entering into a contractual agreement with SNC would be the most advantageous and create a seamless transition for Municipalities, contractors and landowners.”

“SNC has expressed an interest to administer the program at the same fee structure set out by the EOHU at $650 per new application,” he continued.

Lewis further explained: “When delivering the program the delivering agent must also deal with the complaints pertaining to grey and black water issues as well which are difficult for yearly budget purposes.”

In addition, “SNC currently have staff trained to deliver the Part VIII program.”

Lewis admitted that inspection of new septic systems would be the “easy part,” adding that there “will be the necessity of mandatory inspection of existing sewage systems within the influence areas to be defined by the Source Water Protection Committee.”

“Quite honestly, I’ve had a fairly good working relationship with SNC,” he offered.

In response, Councillor Archie Mellan voiced concern about having SNC showing up on doorsteps unannounced to inspect resident’s septic systems. He wanted to know the specifics behind the mandatory inspection of the existing septic systems in terms of rules, regulations and guidelines.

“I think we (council) should have some say. Who is setting the guidelines?” He continued, saying he doesn’t “want to get into a situation where SNC is calling the shots.”

South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds said, “I do concur with Councillar Mellan” in his concern with a “broad-based mandatory system.” 

Following inquiry about the length of the contract, Byvelds asked Lewis: “Are you going to have a clause to get out” of the contract?

South Dundas Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald told council that, if council agrees, staff would ensure that an “out clause” be put into the contract.

Council was informed that the township of South Stormont has decided to enter into a contract with SNC for one year.

Council decided it would be prudent to look at the original contract with EOHU “to get an idea” of how to proceed in designing a new contract with SNC.

Byvelds suggested adding an extra service to the contract with SNC for the rural taxpayers: “an annual or biannual education program on septic systems (outlining) what they should be doing.”

He said that he felt “people need to be educated” on the proper care and maintenance of septic systems including things like what can and cannot be put into a septic system.

He told council, “I’d feel a little better letting them know what’s going on.”

To clarify the situation, South Dundas Deputy Mayor Jim Locke asked, “are we at the mercy of SNC or the province?”

Byvelds replied: “Provincial guidelines interpreted by SNC,” continuing, “they do have a good reputation, but to be fair, it is their interpretation of the rules.

In the end, council agreed to move forward with the proposal. Once staff has negotiated an agreement with SNC, McDonald reported that they will “be bringing the agreement back to council for approval.”

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New guide is a big success

 

Are you one of the many South Dundas residents enjoying a new class thanks to reading about it in the South Dundas Recreation Guide?

Ben Macpherson, Recreation Program Coordinator for South Dundas Township, told council in a report that “the response to the Recreation Guide has been very positive. All the programs run through South Dundas Recreation have sold out.”

In fact, “new classes were created to accommodate the larger numbers.”

Macpherson told the Leader “the guide cost $5,682 after tax. This was the first guide ever done for South Dundas so it was done with all the bells and whistles. Future guides likely won’t be full colour, high gloss, from front to back.”

He explained that the opulence of this first issue was done to get people’s attention, “to inform people of what is out there for them do.”

“At this point I plan to put (the guide) out twice a year. Once for Fall/Winter and once for Spring/Summer.”

“If anyone is interested in running a program or have a program going that would fit into the guide then they can contact me directly” at 613-543-2937 or bmacpherson@southdundas.com.

“I am always open to running new programs, the more programming being offered to South Dundas, I believe makes South Dundas an even better place to live or visit.”

“It’s people in the community that I rely on to provide the instruction of the programs. We have several teachers from the area who are now running cooking classes, art classes, dance classes and basketball programs. I have professionals teaching yoga and kickboxing and boot camps.”

As for programs added for this fall, there are: art classes for kids; yoga with classes for beginner and intermediate levels; senior yoga; adult swing classes; and, boot camp classes.”

Defining his role, he said, “I am here to find the space, coordinate times and do all I can to get the word out to the community about the programs and events.” 

Macpherson reported that “new courses being created are advertised mainly on the South Dundas website (www.southdundas.com) under Recreation News.”

He also posts the information on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, “any programs involving kids goes out to the schools who distribute the information to students. Fiona Carr of the Ontario Early Years Centre also  helps to get information out through her centre.”

Macpherson shared: “It has been my goal to create or continue to offer programming for people of all ages.”

“When I started in my position, one of the biggest concerns expressed was that nobody knew what was happening. I think the guide addresses that concern.” 

“I want people to get out and be active, whether through sports or other activities in the community.”

“The next guide I will be putting out will be for the end of February.”

Macpherson invites those with programs for the guide or those who wish to advertise with the guide, to contact him for details. 

The South Dundas Recreational Guide goes out “to every household in South Dundas” and it is meant “to help promote active healthy lifestyles.”

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Road sign tampering is definitely a no-no

 

The SD&G OPP would like to remind all users of the Township and County road’s that damaging or removing “ROAD SIGNS” are criminal offences.

Damaging a sign could result in a charge of mischief, removing one could result in a charge of theft.

Having a (stolen) sign in your possession could result in a charge of possession of stolen property.

More importantly, removing a sign could lead to disastrous consequences. The signs are placed there for the safety of all who use the roads. Removing any sign could lead to an unwanted collision and serious injuries.

SD&G OPP is asking that if anyone observes someone removing or damaging any “ROAD SIGNS” to call their local OPP detachment or Crime Stoppers and report the incident.

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Morrisburg Fire Hall Receives $10,000 Grant

 

Ken Hall, the Communications Relations Advisor for Enbridge Pipelines Inc. arrived at the Morrisburg Fire Hall on October 20th bringing a sizable donation for the South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services (SDFES). He presented a cheque for $10,000 to Fire Chief Chris McDonough.  The donation will go toward funding a natural gas generator for the fire hall in Morrisburg. SDFES was chosen for the Safe Communities Grant because of its close proximity to an Enbridge pipeline. (Eligibility depends on being within 20 km of a pipeline.) Hall pointed out that there are no “strings attached” and the grant money doesn’t need to be used in relation to the pipeline or Enbridge. The purpose of the generous donation is to ensure that “first repsonders have the supplies they need to keep themselves safe and to keep their communities safe.” This is Enbridge’s way of “giving something back.” 

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Novice B Lions back in win column

 

The South Dundas “Dodge Caravan Kids” Novice B Lions got back in the win column here Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win against the Kemptville #2 Panthers. 

After a couple of ties in the last seven days, the Lions took to the ice with one goal in mind, getting a lead and protecting it.

Brendan Shaver, in the Lions cage, continued his strong play, making solid saves against the Panthers attackers and stopping several point blank shots. 

With the score 3-0, and the Panthers pressing to get on the scoreboard, Spencer Barclay made the defensive play of the game when he cut down a Panther attacker as he closed in on Shaver.

Cassidy Bilmer, back on defense after a stint on the wing, and her defense partner Emytt Fetterly got the offense going with some excellent defensive play. 

Unlike previous games when the Lions came out forcing the offense and ended up giving up a goal, the Lions were a little bit on their heels and ended up getting the first goal.

The Lions Owen Fetterly scored first when Joshua Broad and Ben Lapier’s fore checking freed up the puck to create a scoring chance.

The Lions took a 2-0 lead when Nolan Henry moved the puck out of his own zone to Kolby Latulippe who tipped it over to Kayne McCadden who beat a Panther defender and buried a shot.

In the second period, the Lion’s took control and cut down on the opponents’ scoring chances with several back to back, hard fore checking shifts that led to more scoring opportunities.

 Kayne McCadden broke away twice from the Panthers defense only to be caught from behind by a sliding defenseman who dove with his stick to knock the puck away.

The Lion’s opened a three goal lead in the third when Ben Lapier scored midway into the frame. 

Now with the three goal lead could they not only hold but get the shutout. 

Brendan Shaver was tested down the stretch, and he held strong until the final seconds. 

With the Panthers goalie on the bench and the Panthers pressing the Lions defense couldn’t clear a rebound and the Panthers jumped on it to score with 10.3 seconds left.

Earlier in the week, the Lion’s travelled to Kemptville to take on Kemptville #1 and extended their unbeaten streak to six games. The Lion’s goal scorers were Nolan Henry and Ben Lapier in the 2-2 tie. Trent Rae had a strong game on the Lion’s blue line in helping goaltender Brendan Shaver secure the tie.

The South Dundas “Dodge Caravan Kids” Novice B Lions next home game is Sunday, October 30th at 1 p.m. Hockey fans are invited to come on out and cheer on the Lions.

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New economic development officer for South Dundas

 

Stephen McDonald, Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of South Dundas is pleased to announce that Nicole Sullivan will be joining the staff of the Township as Economic Development Officer on October 31st, 2011. 

Ms. Sullivan’s experience includes serving as the Area Economic Development Coordinator for the Parry Sound Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee and coordinating Smiths Falls Local Immigration Partnership initiative.      

In making the announcement, Mr. McDonald noted, “I am very pleased to welcome Nicole to the South Dundas staff. She brings a very impressive skill set to the position which will serve the Township well. Her educational background, research and analytical skills, and her interpersonal skills will be a great asset to South Dundas. One of the first things that struck me about Nicole was her energy. I have no doubt she will hit the ground running, continuing the good work that has been done as well as bringing new ideas and initiatives to the table.”

    Ms. Sullivan is looking forward to becoming part of the South Dundas team noting that, “It’s a beautiful community and I’m eager to get to know it! The diversity of the initiatives underway is one of the things that appealed to me. I am excited about contributing to the creation of a favourable environment for the residents and businesses of the Township.” 

Ms. Sullivan currently resides in Ottawa but plans on relocating closer to the area. 

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Bantam Lions collect 6-1 win against Perth

 

Tied for first place with Cornwall in the East Division, the South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions added another mark in their win column with a 6-1 victory over Perth here last Monday night.  

Riley Barry and Andrew Jarvis, both had solid nights as they worked out three point performances. 

Drew Minish (from Riley Barry) started the Lions scoring in the first period, when his shot beat Perth goaltender, Scott St. Jean low on the blocker side. 

Minutes later Braeden Smith answered for Perth when left unattended in front of the Lions net. 

Late in the first, the Lions ran into penalty trouble to Randy Fawcett and Toby Mullin which gave Perth a five on three advantage.  

On the penalty kill, however, Andrew Jarvis gained possession of the puck and skated through the opposition for a short-handed goal against St. Jean on blocker side for a 2-1 Lions lead. 

The Lions got a big scare just over five minutes into the second period when a mad scramble in front of  goaltender Zach ‘Big Z’ Frawley resulted in  several scoring chances. However, the Big Z was able to keep his composure and sent them packing.  

At the other end of the ice, the Lions had a lucky break when a weak wrist shot by Josh Black fooled St. Jean on the glove side.  That was followed, with less than a minute remaining in the period, when Riley Barry’s (from Jarvis) snapshot from the blue line beat St. Jean for a 4-1 Lions lead.

The third period was filled with penalties.  

With 2.02 remaining, Jarvis scored his second of the game, assisted by Barry, and then Barry with help from Josh Black and Toby Mullin  finished it off for the 6-1 Lions win.

The game featured excellent performances from Frawley ‘BIG Z’ who was not feeling well, and from Riley Black who played defence for the first time this year.

The Lions have a busy schedule coming up. On Monday, October 24 they were on the road to play Char-Lan and next Wednesday, November 5 they are in Alexandria at 6 p.m. On November 6 they are in Cornwall and on Monday, November 7 they hare back home against Long Sault.

The Lions are tied for first place with Cornwall with eight points.  They have posted 28 goals and given up just eight.

 

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Hosaic Creek un-‘dam’med

 

What is the best solution when beaver dams begin to negatively impact the lives of those around them?

Looking back to the October 17th South Dundas Public Meeting, it was requested by local farmers that council give an update as to the status of Hosaic Creek’s beaver overpopulation and the resulting drainage issue for surrounding agricultural interests.

Coincidentally, at the October 18th council meeting, Don Lewis, Manager of Planning and Enforcement for South Dundas, came forward with an update on that very subject.

He reported: “I have gone in and removed quite a few dams.”

He went on to say that doing so “depleted our capital budget for that plan (and he) would like to put more in the budget for 2012, to stay on top of it.” 

Several council members inquired as to the existence of an alternative solution to the drainage issue, specifically the installation of a municipal drain.

Lewis reported that there are many issues with that solution, the most daunting being cost. He reminded council about the South Branch municipal drain, which was constructed in 1992-93 to a cost of about $7 million.

Deputy Mayor Jim Locke pointed out that it “takes a group of land owners to be serious about it.” 

Councillor Archie Mellan asked Lewis if there is “any funding options out there.”

Lewis responded saying that there were possibly some grants and that the South Branch project did, in fact, receive some grant money.

Lewis will be revisiting this issue, giving a more detailed report to council in the near future.

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Jr. B Lions win two

 

Although the Morrisburg Junior B Lions got off to a bad start last week in Brockville, when they gave up a 4-2 third period lead in what would turn out to be a 5-4 loss, things got better, a whole lot better as the week progressed.

Following on the heels of a home ice, 5-4 win against the visiting Athens Aeros, Friday night, coach Thom Racine got an unexpected call on Saturday morning, that he says, “was an early Christmas present.”

The call was from last year’s leading scorer, Michel Lefebvre who had been released from his Junior A commitment and was wondering if there was a spot available for his return to the Lions.

The necessary paper work was done, and Lefebvre was back in a Lions uniform in time to play a decisive role in the Lions 7-1 victory over the Wolves, in Akwesasne, on Sunday.

It all added up to two wins in three games for the Lions who now find themselves in fourth spot in the St. Lawrence Division, with eight points, three points up on the Wolves and four ahead of the Char-Lan Rebels.

Alexandria now leads the division with 22 points, the Winchester Hawks are in second spot with 21 and the Casselman Vikings hold third with 19.

Last Wednesday, the Lions travelled to Brockville bolstered by three midget affiliates. 

“Half of the team was not there,” says Racine. “It’s very discouraging, but the kids who came up played well. The kids came into it nervous, but excited. They did well for themselves.”

Joining the Lions lineup were 15 year old, Jordan Smail, and 16 year olds, Tanner Hummel and Andrew Morris, all affiliates through the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association.

The Tikis were first on the scoreboard in Brockville on Wednesday night, when they beat Lions goaltender Mikael Dion late in the first period. At 17:41 Alex Ploof, from Zach Sequin and Ty Hodgson, got it back.

The Tikis edged ahead at 7:52 of the second period, but then the Lions took charge.

Michel Thurler scored on the Lions power play with help from Ty Hodgson, and Zach Sequin made it 3-2, with Ploof and Marc Antoine Kamel providing the assist.

Kamel put the Lions up 4-2 at 6:19 of the third assisted by Michel Thurler and Michael Keenan.

“We took two penalties midway into the third period, but we killed them and I thought we were going to be okay,” said Racine.

A costly Lions clearing mistake in their own end, set the Tikis up to cut the gap to 4-3.

Then in a span of just 14 seconds, the Tikis nabbed Dion for two counters, and the Lions were sent home licking their wounds from a 5-4 loss.

Friday night in Morrisburg, the Lions dropped quickly behind the Aeros, 3-0 in the first period.

“It was an eerie reminder of the tail end of last year,” says Racine. “We played like we didn’t belong on the ice with them in the first 10 minutes. It was the same old-same old.”

“But then it was as if they looked at each other on the bench and said enough.”

With 5:34 left on the clock in the first period, Alex Steingruber scored unassisted, to put some spark back into his teammate.

As it turned out it was more than just a spark, it was a fire as the Lions went to work in the second period. While Dion held the Aeros from the scoreboard, the Lions struck for four unanswered goals, two of them on their power play.

Alex Ploof kicked it off with help from Lance Hodgson and Kamel, and then Bzdyl scored on the power play from Ward and Steingruber.

Steingruber scored his second of the game on the power play at 15:03 of the frame and with just 51 seconds left, Kamel counted from Lance Hodgson and Ryan Dunbar, for a 5-3 Lions lead.

That was it for the Lions scoring while the Aeros got one more late in the third period, leaving the Lions with the 5-4 win.

“Ploof’s goal at the end of the first period was a big goal for us,” said Racine. “For Ploof to respond like that was great. He also scored in Brockville.”

The third period featured a melee after Ty Hodgson hit the Aeros captain. “Four guys attacked Ty, and the other kids on the ice weren’t ready for it. They showed us what happens when someone hits their captain. After the fighting, we got six minutes in penalties. We killed them off and actually scored a shot-handed goal which was disallowed when their goalie kicked the net off.”

“By that point, I think we deserved to win the game, and this time, the hockey gods were with us.”

The Lions weekend kept getting better with the Saturday morning phone call from Lefebvre.

“Michele had gone off to play Junior A hockey, and we wished him well, but he left a big offensive hole in our lineup,” says Racine. “So we got the paper work done Saturday, and he hit the ice on Sunday against Akwesasne. He scored two goals and added an assist. Having Michel back creates so many more opportunities for us that we have been missing.”

“He is such a dynamic player, and that is what we needed. We are still a few pieces away from where we want to be, but this is a good step.”

Sunday’s game at Akwesasne was a must win for the Lions. “They stole two point from us in Morrisburg, last Friday night, and we had to get the points back. We were dominate the whole night, Mikael was stellar in goal.”

The Lions quickly went to task, building a 4-1 lead in the first period. After a scoreless second period, the Lions added three unanswered third period goals for the 7-1 win.

Sylvester Bzdyl and Michel Lefebvre led the Lions scoring with two goals each and Michael Poapst, Marc Antoine Kamel and Michel Thurler added singles. 

Drew Veenstra, Alex Ploof, Bzdyl and Michael Paquette helped out on two goals each and singles assists were provided by Ryan Dunbar, Poapst, Lefebvre and Steingruber.

The Lions have just one game this weekend when they host the Casselman Vikings, Friday night, October 28 at 8:30 p.m.

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JW MacIntosh Seniors’ support centre holds 20th anniversary

 

“In 1991, the three United Counties and the province of Ontario united to build this seniors’ support centre. In 20 years, it has grown beyond all expectations. It has played a vital part in senior health and home care. It has made a real difference for seniors in our community,” said Janet Levere, executive director of the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation.

She welcomed well over 100 dignitaries, volunteers and friends to a 20th anniversary celebration of the J.W.MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg on Tuesday, October 18. 

Board members, past and present, members of the South Dundas council and J.W.MacIntosh Support Centre staff also joined in the festivities. Guests and visitors were able to see displays and posters highlighting the activities and services available to the community. 

The event ended with the celebratory cutting of a cake. 

On October 23, 1991, The Morrisburg Leader did a feature about the Park Lane Senior Support Centre describing it as “part of a pilot project for the province of Ontario, with sister projects in Stormont and Glengarry counties.” 

The article went on to say that the project was “69 per cent funded by the Ministry of Social and Community Services, covering the cost of the Outreach Centre and 31 per cent funded by the Ministry of Housing. The Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing is the sponsoring agent, who applies for the grants and handles the administrative aspect.”

In 2006, the building was officially named the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in honour of John MacIntosh. 

The Centre is a key focus for area seniors and their families. It currently offers Meals-on-Wheels, the Diners Club, respite care, foot clinics, supportive housing and assisted living. “In 2007, we began to offer the Going Home program to assist seniors who were leaving the hospital,” Levere said.

Chair of the board of directors of the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Jim Kooistra, offered his anniversary congratulations. 

“I am very glad that in 1991, a group of people decided to build this facility. It was the first of its kind, a real pilot project for the province,” said Kooistra. 

“In the past 20 years we have served 70,000 meals (through Meals-on-Wheels and the Diners’ Club) and provided people in our community with a little help or a lot of help depending on the need.” 

Seniors Dwight Gilmer and his wife, Marian, both of Iroquois, began as volunteers for Meals-on-Wheels, and now take advantage of that service and others offered by the Centre. “It is so wonderful to know that a great facility like this is here to help us, and to help us stay in our homes,” Gilmer said.

Senior Helen Gill of Morrisburg said that the staff and volunteers of the Centre are “loving and kind and so supportive.”

The hard work of area volunteers drew praise from speakers at the celebration.

“Our volunteers have done so much for the Centre. They serve from the heart and have dedicated themselves to helping others,” chairman Kooistra said. 

In 2010, volunteers logged over 6,000 hours of recorded volunteer time.

Mary Osborne and Winnie Gorman shared why they devote time to the Support Centre.   

“I believe that if you are able to do something of benefit to others, then you should do it,” Osborne said. 

“I go home from (volunteering) here feeling rejuvenated and happy,” said Gorman. “I recommend taking the time to offer a helping hand.”

Mayor Steven Byvelds joined councillors Jim Locke, Evonne Delegarde and Archie Mellan, in honouring the 20th anniverary of the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre. 

“It is a great pleasure to see how a service like this is used in our community,” mayor Byvelds said, then added, “In 20 years, I expect that I will be looking to use these great facilities.” 

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