SDG Counties Council Meeting Notes – September 20, 2021

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SDG Counties Council received a presentation from House of Lazarus, approved the costs to design the Ferguson Bridge and Black Creek Bridge, and approved to waive the surface width provisions of By-law No.5122 for all affected properties of County Road 18 in St. Andrew’s West.

Delegation – Dundas County Housing Initiative Committee, Cathy Ashby, Executive Director of House of Lazarus and Kristina McDermott, Advocate, House of Lazarus.

  • House of Lazarus presented the current state of affordable housing in north and south Dundas counties.
  • To be considered affordable housing in the Dundas counties, a monthly housing cost should not exceed $1,955 in North Dundas and $1,627 in South Dundas. This study found that there is a very low percentage of homes being sold in Dundas county that is deemed affordable.
  • Several housing programs are available through Cornwall Social Housing; however, not all options can solve every unique problem, or there is a lack of housing available.
  • Council expressed a recognition of the housing concerns and recommended the formation of a Committee to involve the County in finding solutions.

Design of Ferguson Bridge

  • Council approved to award HP Engineering $38,860 (plus HST) to complete the design of the Ferguson Bridge Rehabilitation.

Design of Black Creek Bridge

  • Council approved to award Keystone Bridge Management Corp. $34,125 (plus HST) to complete the design of the Black Creek Bridge Rehabilitation.

Purchase of Anti-Icing Tank

  • Council approved the purchase of an anti-icing tank from Road Maintenance Equipment and Services for $32,500.

Request for County CIP Regulatory and Legislative Changes

  • Council approved to request that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing amend the Planning Act or amend Regulation 221/07 to allow the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry to have the same ability to pass CIPs.

Updated Flag Policy

  • Council approved to pass By-Law No.5312 and adopt Policy 4-2 which will allow the display and half-masting of flags on County property.

Encroachment Agreement—Morewood Lucky Mart Sign

  • Council approved to pass By-Law No.5313 to enter into an encroachment agreement to allow Morewood Lucky Sign to utilize the existing sign pole for new signage.

Sign Encroachment Agreement – GIAG (Alexandira)

  • Council approved to pass By-law No.5314 to allow GIAG to reuse an existing sign base to install a new sign.

Council approved the following under Consent:

  • Monthly Activity Summaries
  • Monthly Financial Summary
  • SDG Library Branch Reports

2022 Snowplow Purchase

  • Council supported the tender for the 2022 snowplow.

2021 Road Tour

  • The 2021 Road Tour will take place October 06, 2021, for Council members to see some of the projects currently taking place throughout the counties.

Forestry Activities Update

  • Howard S. Mitchell Forest in Dalkeith is now ready for the maple tapping project previously approved by Council.
  • Summerstown Forest has received the portable for use this winter. Administration received some complaints regarding conflicting signage and inaccessibility to trails.
  • The Osnabruck Forest “Forest Demonstration Site” is managed by SDG Ontario Woodlot Association to restore the self-guided tour and develop the site so it can attract specialized groups and workshops.

Lancaster Branch Library Evaluation and Feasibility Study

  • Council previously approved $20,000 to conduct a Library Evaluation and Feasibility Study. A presentation has been made, and the Township of South Glengarry will determine whether to allocate funds to pursue grant applications for an expansion to the branch.

Petitions – Entranceways, St. Andrews West

  • Previously, Council approved to reduce the size of driveways in St. Andrews West due to culvert repairs. A petition has been received with over 60 signatures to have this decision revoked and return the existing driveways to their previous sizes.
  • Council approved to waive the surface width provisions of By-law No.5122 for the property located at 17427 County Road 18 and to bring back By-law No.5122 with updated information on entrance width and grandfathering provisions.
  • Council approved to also waive the surface width provisions of By-law No.5122 for all affected properties of County Road 18 in St. Andrew’s West and reinstate the entrance ways to the start date of this project.

Miscellaneous Business – Expression of Interest – Warden, 2022

  • Councillor McGillis and Councillor Williams expressed their interest in running for the Warden position in 2022.

Council moved into a closed session.

COVID-19 Policy

  • Council approved to direct Administration to return to Council a DRAFT COVID-19 Policy.

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

  • The SDG County office will remain open on September 30, the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

The next regular meeting will be Monday, October 18, 2021.  

Shannon Tierney
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