Champlain faces a spate of money problems

Housing development work will be carried out “next year at the latest.” The investment in repainting the tank is considered to be a wise move be- cause a new one would cost about $2 mil- lion. VANKLEEK HILL | After four years of sit- ting on the drawing table, a new 42-unit subdivision in the east end of Vankleek Hill is moving forward. Champlain Township council is poised to approve a zoning change for the Clifton- dale Construction project that will be lo- cated on the south side of County Road 10. Consisting of 26 single family dwellings, eight townhouses and eight condomin- iums, the subdivision will be developed on a parcel of land situated west of Hibbard Street and the railway tracks and immedi- ately east of Newton Road. The plan, which was first presented in 2009, had raised concerns among council members and neighbours about the po- tential impact the subdivision would have on current residents. However, now that most of those reservations have been ad- dressed, council is expected to formally en- dorse the plan at its September 12 session. advances

and costly project. This w i ll give us all the details and a cost breakdown fo r this storm sewer upgrade and will allow us to better plan for our 2013 budget. If we wait until our 2013 budge t proposals , and if Coun- cil were to approve this project, then we would not have enough time to complete both the preliminary design work, and re- construction by the end of the 2013 con- struction season.” Another large item on the “things to do” list is an overhaul of the L’Orignal water res- ervoir. The municipality has been advised that it must spend $205,000 to deal with rust inside and outside the tower. Thériault recently suggested that the

The mayor stressed that the municipality could not continue making financial com- mitments without having the necessary financing. “We are mortgaging our future,” he said. The mayor also expressed frustra- tion with the sums the township has spent on road department equipment. For the Wharf and Peter Streets work, council has decided to proceed with a study of $27,500 to prepare the design of the project. Councillor Paul Emile Du- val observed that if the township has the details settled by the end of the year, the municipality would have a better chance to land provincial support so the actual work could take place in 2013. As administrator Jean Thériault noted, the government does not have a lot of money available and priority will be given to those projects that are “shovel ready.” The storm sewer job has been on the planning board for the last three years. In the 2010 and 2011 budgets, the township had allocated $400,000 for the sewer up- grade, public works superintendent James McMahon recalled in a memo to council. “This project is necessary because the storm sewe r system in this area (Peter Street & Wharf Street) is very old and needs to be re-designed and replaced. As Council is aware we are having reoccur- ring flooding issues in this area and they must be addressed,” he writes. “I feel that we should start with the preliminary de- sign in the fall of 2012 as th i s is a very large

PLEASANT CORNER | Dwindling reserves and rising demands for improvements have Champlain Township officials facing some difficult financial decisions. At a recent council meeting, Mayor Gary Barton asked the central question: “Where do we get the money for all this?” When it adopted its 2012 budget, the township dipped into its reserves in order to avoid a large tax increase. Meanwhile, the municipality has received a steady flow of new requests for spending. “We can hardly afford to fix our infra- structure,” Barton noted when council dis- cussed proposed drainage improvements in L’Orignal, where the municipality also has plans for a new community centre and a water tower requires attention. Drainage at the municipal park must also be upgrad- ed. Meanwhile, it will cost the township at least $400,000 to improve storm sewers on Wharf and Peter Streets in L’Orignal. New charges in attempted murder case HAWKESBURY | A second person has been charged in connection with an al- leged attempted murder in Hawkesbury in March. The follow-up investigation of a break and enter at a Portelance Street residence March 12 has resulted in charges being laid against Mylène Rouleau Kennedy, 26, of L’Orignal, and further charges be- ing laid against Andrew Kennedy, 23, of Hawkesbury, who was earlier charged with attempted murder. Mylène Rouleau Kennedy has been charged with being an accessory after the fact, break and enter with intent to com- mit an indictable offence, obstructing jus- tice and two counts of breach of a commu- nication order, reports the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment. Of- ficers also gathered information concern- ing a robbery committed in November, 2011 in Hawkesbury. As a result Andrew Kennedy has also been charged with rob- bery using an offensive weapon, wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indict- able offence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and two counts of breach of a communication order. The attempted murder charged was laid after a man had climbed the second-sto- rey balcony of a residence and broke into the living room. Police say he then tried to strangle a female teenager who was sleeping on the living room couch. When a female resident came to the help of the teenager, the assailant fled the scene by jumping from the second-floor balcony. The teenager suffered minor injuries.

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