SDG backs call to reopen outdoor recreation

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CORNWALL – SDG County Council backed a motion calling for the prohibition on golf and other outdoor recreational activities to end.

Councillor Jamie Macdonald (North Glengarry) tabled the motion at the May 17th regular meeting of council.

Macdonald cited that outdoor activities like golf can maintain outdoor social distances and other safety precautions. Council approved the motion unanimously.

Macdonald’s motion followed that of the city of Brantford, which council had received at the meeting.

Ontario closed public recreation amenities like golf courses when it issued the province-wide Stay-at-Home order on April 8th.

RIP committee appointments

Five people, including three members of County Council were appointed to the Regional Incentives Program Approval Committee.

Councillors Kirsten Gardner (South Dundas), David Smith (South Stormont), and Lyle Warden (South Glengarry), along with residents Margaret MacDonald and Bernadine McEvoy-Robertson, will comprise the committee for the balance of this term of council.

The committee will oversee the selection of projects under the Regional Incentive Program, which was revamped this spring to focus on businesses only.

The RIP program has a budget of $250,000 for 2021. The first intake of applications will begin in June, with a second planned for the fall.

Warden’s House roof contract

County Council approved a $72,750 contract with Done Right Roofing to replace the roof of the Warden’s House, which is attached to the SDG administration building in Cornwall.

There were two contractors who bid on the project, however the second bid was found to be non-compliant. Staff had budgeted $60,000 for the work during the 2021 budget process. The over budget amount will be taken from existing reserves in the Transportation and Planning department.

SDG Counties launch website

After nearly 12 months of planning and work, the United Counties launched its new website on May 17th.

The project was constructed by Upanup, a Kitchener-based digital agency.

The new website is AODA-compliant with a new design and easier navigation. It also is mobile-friendly, a feature that was not available on the old SDG website.

The townships of North Dundas and North Stormont are also using the same company to revamp those municipal websites through a joint-procurement strategy.

SDG budgeted $50,000 for the web redesign. The website is available at sdgcounties.ca.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader