South Glengarry ‘disappointed’ with Cornwall waterworks deal

South Glengarry Infrastructure General Manager Ewen MacDonald. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANCASTER – A Cornwall-South Glengarry waterworks deal for Boundary Road, years in the making, has turned into a face full of cold water for the township.

South Glengarry Infrastructure Services General Manager Ewen MacDonald told council last week he was “disappointed” with the offer from the city, though he didn’t go into details.

After months of review by the City of Cornwall, MacDonald said the township received the draft servicing plan from the city that “quite frankly, we are somewhat disappointed in.” MacDonald is “hoping” for a meeting with city officials later this month.

In an interview with Cornwall Newswatch, MacDonald wouldn’t say what is wrong with the agreement. “I’m not prepared to make comments on it until we’ve had a meeting with them. There’s just some issues we have with the the servicing agreement itself…in principle.”

MacDonald is hoping the meeting will get both municipalities “on the same page” of “what the eventual outcome should be” for servicing Boundary Road.

The agreement, to service the east side of Boundary Road from Tyotown Road to Highway 401, is over two years in the making and now appears to be far from finished.

South Glengarry officials haven’t hid their frustration with the pace of negotiations with the City of Cornwall but are determined to stick it out for the future of the municipality.

Under the original proposal, Cornwall would supply the township with 1,300 cubic meters (286,000 gallons) of water a day. They would also be a yearly capital charge of $297 per hectare (2.47 acres) for services as well as connection fees.