by Rachel Everett-Fry, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Municipality of North Grenville has entered into an agreement with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) to provide Facilities Management Services at the Kemptville Campus.
Earlier this year, the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department assumed
groundskeeping duties on the provincially-owned farm side of the former Kemptville College lands. Prior to this arrangement, ARIO had a contract with the privately owned Larmex Inc. for groundskeeping and maintenance. Though all buildings in this area are currently vacant, ongoing snow clearing, grass cutting, and minor maintenance is to be expected.
With this agreement, ARIO will pay the municipality $84,750 to manage these services on their behalf. Facilities Superintendent, Joe Petschenig, stated that this contract is an “opportunity for growth within the facili- ties division.” The report on this agreement specified that, “by adding the farm side lands to our current service portfolio, this will provide a new opportunity for one of our operational staff. This will be beneficial for the Facilities division’s staffing complement as it will further their skills relating to grounds and building maintenance.”
The contract will be in effect through March, 2022. Responsibility for maintaining the lands will be revisited closer to that time, as prepa- rations for the International Plowing Match ramp up.