SD&G keeps budget increase to 2%
by Matthew Uhrig
Major money aimed at county road upgrades
CORNWALL – Roadwork is again a major focus of this year’s United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry (SD&G) budget.
All told, the upper-tier government is set to spend about $12.4 million
on roadwork and bridge upgrades in 2015, an increase of about $2.6
million from last year.
The counties will increase its total reserves to more than $11 million, jumping $500,000 from 2014.
Overall, the budget carries a $40,959,216 uptick in tax dollars, an
increase of two per cent, or $23 on a typical residential property in
“I am very pleased with our 2015 budget, and how smoothly the process
went,” Warden Eric Duncan said. “We finished 2014 in a strong financial
position, and had some positive influences like the changes to the OPP
On the policing side of things, total costs have decreased by about
$1.3 million for 2015, and that is without a drop in service.
Meanwhile, a strong growth rate in SD&G has resulted in new assessments of more than $600,000.
“[The policing billing change] has produced a budget that allows us to
take the steps forward, without having to take one back,” Duncan said.
“We finally have a chance to catch up on some key county road
Other savings were realized with the end of major annual donations to several external organizations.
In the Township of North Dundas, Duncan’s home municipality, 10 different roadwork projects have been planned.
The work is meant to improve the overall quality of the counties’ road network.
Surface upgrades are to take place on County Road 1 in Hallville from
County Road 32 to St. John Street ($339,000); Main Street in
Winchester, also known as County Road 3, from west of Bailey Street to
the county road’s continuation east of the village ($391,000); County
Road 7 in Morewood from Thomas Street to the hamlet’s northern limits
($320,000); County Road 7 in Chesterville from South Street to the
downtown bridge ($80,000); County Road 13 through Morewood ($119,000);
County Road 13 from Morewood to County Road 32 ($717,000); County Road
31 in Winchester from the northern and southern points of County Road
43 ($958,000); and Winchester’s St. Lawrence Street (County Road 38)
from Fred Street to Main Street ($221,000).
As well, frost heaving repairs on County Road 1 from Nelson Street to
Cameron Road are to be completed, with a budgeted cost of $745,000,
while the bridge in South Mountain along County Road 1 will see $1.2
million in upgrades.
The Municipality of South Dundas will also see its share of road
projects completed this year. Upgrades include County Road 1 from west
of Irena Road to the end of the curbed section ($69,000); County Road
16 in Dixons Corners ($47,000); County Road 18 in Williamsburg from
County Road 31 to the east limits of the village ($125,000); and County
Road 31 through Williamsburg ($227,000).
The Canadian National Railway bridge in Iroquois is also to undergo repairs, with a tax hit of $700,000.
Sixteen other road projects have been set for areas in SD&G’s
remaining municipalities, with expenditure in the area of $4.9 million
A further $75,000 has been earmarked for biennial bridge inspections for all 200 spans in the counties.
There is also $750,000 in uncommitted roadwork spending. Counties
councillors are to meet again Mon., March 9 to determine where those
dollars will be spent.
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