Cornwall City administration presented City Council a report detailing a draft bylaw to create a licensing system for rental units in Cornwall last June. The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce closely follows any issue that may cause higher housing costs or may...
City Council received presentations from the Housing Revitalization Study and The St. Lawrence River Institute Environmental Sciences, then discussed the possibility of reducing Council seats in the next election and discussed the implementation of bag tags.
The Township of South Glengarry received a presentation from KPMG regarding options to optimize the snow plow routes, approved a new crosswalk in Williamstown, and approved a new policy to advance updated branding and signage throughout the Township.
Local snow removal companies are pointing to escalating insurance costs as the reason for ceasing operations. Local businesses are concerned about getting snow removed from their properties. Making the problem more challenging, commercial leases often state you must use a snow removal company to clear snow.
The Chamber has reached out to MPP Jim McDonnell for assistance on this issue. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has been contacted for support on this issue.
We will also be surveying members and the public to understand the implications of the dwindling number of snow removal companies.
When we were made aware of the proposed by-law for landlord licensing from The City of Cornwall back in June, we were concerned about the possible added regulation being imposed on our small business owners and immediately got involved. We participated in a meeting with the Landlord Association of Cornwall & SDG, The City of Cornwall Planning officials, the Manager of Social and Housing Services and the acting Fire Chief to discuss this proposed by-law. We discussed issues in the report and by-law concerning the clarity of terms, clarity of responsibilities of tenants versus the landlord, and concern over the necessity for the by-law at this time. We appreciate that the desire for this by-law is to obtain a complete list of all rental units so that the Fire Department can be prepared to respond to calls, however, we believe that this proposed by-law does not directly target this issue and needs more work. The Fire Chief and Planning Department agreed to review the proposed by-law and further discussions will take place.
Council of South Stormont revisited several projects that were revised or deferred due to COVID-19 and passed resolutions that will further defer some projects into the Spring of 2021.
The Township of South Glengarry Council discussed and voted on a number of issues such as the sale of properties, the awarding of RFPs, and general upgrades to different buildings and facilities throughout the township.
Nouryon Chemicals and Jacobs Engineering gave a presentation to council for the Fire Station #2 Property Remediation plans. These plans outline the technologies and proposed timelines to complete remediation of the groundwater beneath the Fire Station #2 to bring it to a safe standard. There is evidence of 1,1 dichloroethylene and vinyl chloride contaminates in this area.
Regular Council Meeting
Watch the meeting: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjAnC-X9Pm9fRfApAtN58Cg?view_as=subscriber Agenda and supporting documents: https://www.southglengarry.com/en/municipal-services/resources/Documents/2020-Agendas/2020-08-04_Meeting-Package.pdf Office Renovations: The...
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