Water is now flowing to Maxville!

Posted on Monday January 20, 2020
Maxville Water Project
As of January 17, 2020, municipal water is officially flowing to Maxville. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick, Township of North Glengarry).

Alexandria, Ontario, January 20, 2020 – The Maxville Water Project marked a new “watershed” moment on Friday, January 17 at 3 pm when the water was officially turned on during a tap turning ceremony at the Maxville Water Tower.

North Glengarry Mayor Jamie MacDonald officiated the brief ceremony. He was joined by members of North Glengarry Council, by Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin and by Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP Jim McDonell.

Around 50 people gathered in the extreme cold to celebrate the momentous occasion and to watch as representatives turned a giant tap, causing water to spray from a thick hose. It was a fitting way to end the two-year construction process that involved laying nearly 25-kilometres of pipe, excavating the entire village of Maxville, laying new streets and sidewalks and constructing a water tower that was recently named as one of the most beautiful tanks in North America.

Standing at the foot of the Maxville Water Tower on Friday, North Glengarry Mayor Jamie MacDonald had the following things to say:

“What a great day for Maxville and North Glengarry. The road to bringing water to Maxville was long and bumpy – but well worth the ride.

We have just completed the largest infrastructure project in our history, and we did it under budget. When I arrived on Council 13 years ago, bringing water to Maxville was our number one priority. You can’t imagine how many delegations and meetings we have had, to get to this point.

I want to share a funny story with you. The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference was held in Windsor about ten years ago. None of Council was planning on attending. We got a call from MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde. He called to tell us that the Minister of Infrastructure wanted a meeting with us the next morning at the conference, located about 820-kilometres away.

We started scrambling to figure out how we would get to Windsor on time. Our Environmental Services Manager, Dean MacDonald managed to rent us a small plane and we flew right out of Alexandria Airport and directly into Windsor. We had a great meeting with the Minister. We came out high-fiving each other and 30 minutes later we were back on the plane and heading home. The next morning, we awoke to the news that the Minister of Infrastructure had just been shuffled out of his position. Se we started all over again.

We have had so many past members of Council that have worked hard on this file. Gary Shepherd, George Currier, Jim Picken, Eric MacSweyn, and of course, former Mayor Chris McDonell.

Our current members of Council, Mike Depratto, Jacques Massie and Jeff Manley have been awesome. New members, Brenda Noble and Joanne Wensink joined us just in time to start fielding construction complaints. I have saved Deputy Mayor Carma Williams for last. Thank you Carma, for your dedication to this project. You have put in a ton of long hours and have helped to make today possible.

I have lots of people to thank, so please bear with me. Thank you to EVB Engineering. Josh, Marco, Jamie, Ian and your team - you guys nailed this project. You handled yourself with great professionalism. I am proud that a local company was hired to handle such a massive project and that they did it with such great attention to detail.

Clarence MacDonald Construction – You guys were amazing. You were very quick to deal with resident’s concerns and to work around events like the Glengarry Highland Games. And of course, no one can forget the great party you threw for the residents of Maxville. Mr. MacDonald - you are a class act.

Thank you to Malyon Construction. We had a few bumps, but the end product was done to a high-standard. It’s no fun laying pipe in the middle of the winter, but you did it.

Thanks to all of the staff from the Township of North Glengarry who helped to make this project a reality. Dean MacDonald and all of his Water Works staff; Roch Lajoie and the Roads Crew; Sarah Huskinson and her team at Town Hall; Jacob Rheaume and the Building Department; and Dave Malcolm. I am pleased to have former CAO Daniel Gagnon here with us today. He wrote so many briefs on this project. Our former Public Works Director Ryan Morton also worked hard on this file.

Former MPP and North Glengarry Mayor Grant Crack helped us get to the finish line. MPP Jim McDonell, even though this isn’t your riding, you were always there to help and to guide us, specifically these last two years that we have had no representation in our own riding.

MP Francis Drouin, you called me just a few days after winning the election and asked me what we needed. I said water, and you said you would deliver. Thank you for your dedication to this project. You did deliver. You helped us to achieve $15 Million in Federal support for this project.

Last, but certainly not least. I would like to thank the residents of Maxville for your patience and understanding during the construction process. We were able to hand over the keys to an almost brand-new village.

I would also like to thank the residents along the pipeline. You did not receive the benefits of the project, but had to deal with the construction. We thank you for your patience and understanding,” said North Glengarry Mayor Jamie MacDonald.

What’s next?

We are pleased to report that the project will be slightly under budget. As previously mentioned, water charges will only begin once your water is connected.  Any residents ready to connect to the water system are asked to contact their plumber beginning on January 20th. Residents have until January 2021 to connect to the system.

If you should have any questions relating to the Maxville Water Project, please contact us at maxvillewater@northglengarry.ca / T: 613-525-3087.

This project couldn’t have been accomplished without the support of the provincial and federal government. Seventy-five percent of the project’s cost ($22.5-million) is currently covered by provincial and federal funding—50 percent from the federal government and 25 per cent from the provincial government.

 

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Sarah Huskinson, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Township of North Glengarry

cao@northglengarry.ca/ T. 613-525-1110/ / www.northglengarry.ca

 

For General Media Inquiries Contact:

Tara Kirkpatrick, Economic Development & Communications Officer, Township of North Glengarry

tara@northglengarry.ca / T. 613-525-1313 / www.northglengarry.ca

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