Champlain Township approved purchasing fuel and gas from W. O. Stinson & Son Limited for both the public works department and for the L’Orignal Marina.
A two-year contract will set the purchase price at .024 cents per litre under the terminal rack price, which is a fixed daily price established by Suncor Energy/Petro Canada) plus a delivery charge. Stinson was the lowest bidder, according to a public works report contained in the April 9 agenda package for Champlain Township’s regular meeting. The two-year contract comes with the option of a two-year extension.
The L’Orignal Marina is signing a four-year contract with Stinson, at a rate of .02 cents per litre above the terminal rack price, due to Stinson’s agreement to upgrade the gas pumps, plumbing and related equipment. Previously, if one of the three tanks at the marina was empty, fuel could not be pumped from the remaining two tanks. New equipment will ensure that the fuel tanks will work more efficiently, Public Works Director James McMahon told council, also enabling two boats to fuel up simultaneously.
The township has been purchasing fuel and gas from Stinson since 2012.
Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail
L’Orignal councillor André Roy reported, in addition to providing a letter to council, that two additional electric counters will be placed on the trail this year, provided by Tourisme Prescott-Russell Tourism at a cost of $4,000 each. This brings the total counters on the trail to three. Roy says that he has requested that one be placed at the Vankleek Hill station.
Roy reported that the trail organization will be undertaking fundraising this year and said that the counties will soon have to decide if it wants to continue leasing the VIA Rail property, as the current 10-year lease expires in 2020. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell had reduced funding to the trail a few years ago. In 2016, it was costing $400,000 per year to maintain the trail.
Concerns about lack of use, that the gravel trail was not inviting to some cyclists and unsuccessful requests to municipalities to help maintain the portions of the 72-kilometre trail which passed through their territories, all contributed to the local mayors reducing the budget for the trail. For 2019, the UCPR has budgeted $253,600 (a reduction of $2,700 from 2018) in expenses for the trail, which includes maintenance and salaries.
Champlain Township councillors discussed the trail briefly, some noting that some sections of the trail were not used much.
Banning Ad Bags?
L’Orignal councillor André Roy asked council about the plastic bags delivered door-to-door which contain newspapers and flyers. While he said he reads the newspapers, he said he never looked at the flyers and expressed concern about plstic.
West Hawkesbury ward councillor Gerry Miner said while some people read the flyers, he knows that lots are left at community postal boxes and that garbage cans are full.
Before making any decisions, council decided to post it on Champlain Township’s Facebook page, which has about 330 followers, to see what people had to say about it.
Catch the Ace
Champlain Township endorsed the idea of the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society organizing a progressive jackpot lottery called “Catch the Ace”, whereby tickets are sold each week, and a portion of the winnings are given to a winner, but that if the “Ace” is not drawn, the pot grows larger for the following week, when participants have to purchase new tickets to be part of the draw.
Because of the money and winnings involved in a lottery of this size, the permit application must be made to the provincial lottery and gaming licensing body and not to Champlain Township, which administers most local raffles, bingos and lotteries.
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