28 Jun

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Ninth Line Landfill Site/Restoration Project Update

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Alec Cloke from United Soils Management updates the MLRA

As you may or may not know, United Soils Management’s Ninth Line landfill site is also a restoration project. USM was issued a fill permit as part of the Lee Sand and Gravel Pit Restoration Project. The plan involves using quality fill to fill in the old pit and to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to as it was in the 1950’s –  farmland with a woodlot.

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

The MLRA has been working closely with United Soils since the start of the restoration project and Alec Cloke has always been very open with us on an ongoing basis. United Soils has just applied for an amendment to their land fill permit to allow a small number of hydrovac trucks to empty at the site. The MLRA sat down with Alec Cloke to find out more information about this proposal.

Here are his answers to our questions.

Why does United Soils want to allow hydrovac trucks access to the landfill site?

The hydrovac industry is 15 years old and growing in leaps and bounds. To date, there are two legal places to unload hydrovacs in the GTA as a result hydrovacs are being emptied everywhere and there are no measures or any policing for testing.  United Soils is organizing to cure that.

Will the number of trucks on the Ninth Line increase as a result?  

United’s application is for an amendment to a previously granted license. There will be no additional trucks on Ninth Line. Hydrovacs will be included in the approved number of trucks coming to that location.

Are the hydrovac trucks covered under the same daily limit as the dump trucks or are they in addition too?

There will be one hydrovac company allowed to come to United. The hydrovac company owned by Powell contracting operating within Stouffville will be responsible for policing over the protocol of all materials coming to the site. That is to say, that more than one hydrovac company may be coming to the site, but Powell contracting will be responsible for all of it.

How many hydrovac companies will be approved access to USM property?   How have these companies been selected?

The testing criteria for hydrovac trucks is equal to the protocol which already exists. The difference is that the material will be tested in a separate quadrant of our property. If the testing fails, the material will be removed.

What happens if material is found to be contaminated?  Who pays for this?

If contaminated material comes to the site, it will not go further from where it was originally delivered and immediately removed at the shippers expense.

Who and how will the USM property be monitored to ensure compliance with the dumping agreement?  ( MOE vs Town)

There’s a protocol agreement that administered by United soils and monitored by the town.

The first truck allowed on the site cannot be earlier than 7am and the last truck allowed on the premises cannot be after 6pm.

It’s easy for United Soils to adhere to that.

One must not forget that there’s a gravel pit working at the same location where there are no restrictions for early morning entry.

That operation closes at 4pm.

Are there additional risks to the community by allowing hydrovac trucks access?

There are no additional risks. The testing criteria is the same.

Something that the public should understand is that the hydrovac and small quantity portion of the business is minor compared to what already exists. United is not going to put its current operation in jeopardy for the sake of hydrovacs.

I understand that there is water monitoring taking place, can you describe what is being done and how often.

It’s conducted by Golder and Associates. All reports are sent directly to the Town, so as in any other report which is public can be received by requesting the Town for it.

Who has access to the water monitoring information?

The Town has access to all information.

There is a lot of confusion as to how many trucks are permitted to daily enter the pit, can you elaborate on this.

The maximum number of trucks which is approved to date is 600 but United is doing nowhere near that.

What time are the trucks allowed to begin dumping?  People are expressing concern over a tail gate “Bang” early in the morning, is this coming from USM operation?

It is not coming from USM if it is before 7am on weekdays.

It’s important to note that the water on United’s property is NOT ground water, but captured storm water.

500,000 gallons per month are what is used for dust control on the site.

United has put up $333,000.00 cash securities to date.

This will grow over the next 3 years to one million dollars cash securities.

The way that the agreement is structured with the town is that it gets revisited annually in case there are deletions or additions in the agreement.

The MLRA would like to thank Alec Cloke for keeping our community updated on the project.

Don’t forget USM is holding an open house at the Ninth Line landfill site/restoration project this Thursday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Engineers and staff from the Town will be on hand to answer questions. It really is worth taking the time to attend to fully understand the scope of the project.

 

 RELATED LINKS

Annual Open House at United Soils

TOWN COUNCIL’S DECISION BENEFITS OUR COMMUNITY

GRAVEL PIT RESTORATION PERMIT

A Very Informative Meeting

Gold Standard For All Ontario

A Game Changer Interview

Lee Sand & Gravel Restoration Project Sets A New Standard (part two of three parts)

Lee Sand & Gravel Restoration Project Sets A New Standard (final part of three part interview with the MLRA)

 

28 Jun

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It was an awesome day!

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Thank-you to everyone who helped make our first Family Fun Day that was held on May 28th a great success. It was an awesome day!

DSC_0003 (1)We had tons of fun with great entertainment and yummy food…bouncy castles, crafts, Ballantrae Fire Truck, Crew + Sparky,

Meat Merchant Trailer, Charlinda Chocolates, raffle prizes, 50/50 Draw and fun loving DJ Mike Feld from Most Excellent Productions.

A special thank-you to our event sponsor United Soils, host Cedar Beach Resort and participants Town of WS,
Ward 2 Maurice Smith, WS Museum and volunteers from MLRA and CCA community associations.

More Photos

 

 

27 Jun

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Important Notice re Property Assessment

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An Important Notice Regarding Your
Property Assessment from MPAC

 

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Website: www.mpac.ca
MPAC About My Property Website: www.aboutmyproperty.ca

All residential property owners in Whitchurch-Stouffville will have recently received a Property Assessment Notice from MPAC. This is a very important document as it will form the basis upon which the town will assess your property taxes for the next four years. (2016 – 2020)

MPAC previously completed their property assessment effective January1, 2012. The current assessed value is effective January 1, 2016. The statistics upon which the current valuations are based indicate  the average single residential valuation has increased 45.9% in York Region during that time period.

The year-over-year change, January 1, 2017 over January 1, 2016 is anticipated to be 12.2%.

Please review your notice carefully as it contains a summary of the data MPAC have for your property and upon which they base their calculation. It also indicates the school system you support.

If you have any questions you can go to the MPAC website, or you can call their office at 1-866-296-6722. If you deem it necessary you will have 120 days in which to file a “Request for Reconsideration” notice. (Until October 11, 2016).

An additional source of much information on market trends etc is available on the website titled
About My Property.

Regards,
Maurice Smith
Councillor Ward 2
Town of Whitchurch – Stouffville
maurice.smith@townofws.ca

 

10 Jun

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Think Water Safety

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Be Safe And Always Think Water Safety whether in a lake or a swimming pool.

The MLRA wishes everyone a Happy and SAFE Summer!

 

MLRA Lake Watch Water Safety

Always think water safety and wear a life jacket when on or near water.

 

As part of the MLRA Lake Watch initiative, the MLRA added a “Water Safety Tips” section on the home page. Also as part of that same initiative we are going to continue to post articles and information about water safety on the MLRA website to help educate residents and visitors to the Lake about water safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never Without My Life Jacket

– Canadian Red Cross

 

Please make sure that you read the posting below thoroughly and pass the information along. Also please make sure that any visitors that you may have to the Lake are aware of WATER SAFETY. You may save a life!

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Related Links

Lake Watch Life Rings

 

07 Jun

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Natural Occurrence and No Cause For Alarm

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Nature At Work…no cause for alarm

Nature at WorkRecently residents are again seeing a fish die off.  This is something that we have seen before and again are looking into with the same vigour as before.  The last die off was in 2009 and that information, including the results of fish autopsies can be found in the Related Links section below if anyone is interested.  We would encourage all waterfront residents to please scoop as many dead fish as possible out of the water and dispose of them either through burying or the green bin.

This year we have seen very little algae so far but a much greater bounty of weeds coming to the surface. We have found that on years where the ice comes off early and the weeds can get established that we do not get an early algae bloom, in years like last year where there is a late melt followed by weeks of warm weather the algae can get a good hold.  This is all natural and exactly what the experts tell us to expect.  This has nothing to do with lake pollution and everything to do with the natural life cycle of a living body of water.

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CLICK ON IMAGE for the Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake Report

In 2014 we were very fortunate to have Geranium homes contract Hutchinson Environmental Sciences conduct the most extensive study of Musselman’s Lake ever.  Please click on the report image to view this very extensive and enlightening report.

We will keep everyone posted with results of the investigation into this years die off.

Dr. Brian Laing, has been looking into this years fish die off, which consist 99% crappie and mostly breeding size.
They were breeding last week before the sunfish started mating season started. The recent unusual warm weather while they are breeding stresses them and makes them susceptible to bacterial infections.
This is a completely natural occurrence and no cause for alarm.

Related Links

Crappie Story
Update of the Crappie Die-Off
Crappie Update
It’s Crappie!
LAB RESULTS ARE BACK
REMEMBER… “THE LAKE ISN’T A SWIMMING POOL”
GREAT NEWS! NO SERIOUS WATER QUALITY ISSUES WITH LAKE
NO WORRIES
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE

 

27 May

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Planning Any Shoreline Improvements?

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Please Check With The LSRCA First!

Rules and Regulations Regarding Shoreline Improvements Planning to make any changes or improvements to your shoreline? Please Check With The L.S.R.C.A. First

Planning to make any changes or improvements to your shoreline? Please check with the LSRCA first.

Past summers a few lake shore owners ran into issues by performing shore line work without permits. The MLRA has held discussions with the LSRCA. (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority) concerning these resident difficulties. The LSRCA was asked for a clarification of the rules and regulations regarding shoreline improvements.

Please click on the link below or the LSRCA icon for more information

Lake Regulation re Shoreline Improvement (click here)

19 May

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Thank You Sponsors and Volunteers! Spring Clean Event was a BIG Success

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Community stepped up on April 23, 2016. Six crews and a marine unit participated in our Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event

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Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

The community cleanup was a huge success this year.

We want to thank Councillor Maurice Smith for helping to organize this year’s event and chairing the organizing committee.

Over 100 volunteers of all ages participated.

There were 6 different crews covering all around the lake and we also had the marine unit, on the water, with Kevin and Tyler doing the lake shore line.

Everyone started the day with coffee, hot chocolate & Tim bits donated by Tim Hortons.

All the kids wore protective bright fluorescent vests provided by the town of Whitchurch – Stouffville, who also made sure we all had gloves, garbage bags and the huge 40 yard garbage bin.

The York Regional Police escorted the 3 crew wagons with their new ATV’s.

Cedar Beach Resort provided their big parking lot again this year, as our base, as well as the bathrooms, picnic tables, tractors and wagons, garbage bins and a 20 yard recycling bin.

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Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

Everyone collected garbage around the area for over two hours.

It is unbelievable but they filled the entire 40 yard bin and also the 20 yard recycling bin.

Ten tires were also collected and fifteen bikes were donated to Africycle.

At the same time the United Soils street sweeper covered many of our local streets picking up the sand from this winter.

Everyone had a healthy hot lunch courtesy of United Soils & Tiny Seedlings – corn on the cob and chili served out of their events trailer.

Donnlyn Home Improvements joined this year and handed out water and treats for the kids along the routes and at lunch. 

Charlinda’s Belgian Chocolates gave away chocolate treats with lunch and of course George at the variety store gave all the kids a free ice cream cone for participating.

York Regional Police set up a display and everyone got to check out the ATV’s and discuss road safety.

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Roger Carlsen photo – CLICK on image for photo gallery

The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority set up a large display.

Christa Sharp and Brian Kemp of the LSRCA had an education area set up and discussed the living organisms with water right out of the lake. It was interactive for all the participants.

Small seedling trees – pines, cedars and spruce, were also given out to the participants to take home and plant.

Roger Carlsen, a new resident to the lake, and also a professional photographer, documented the entire event. (see attached photos)

Tents, music, power, & tables were provided again this year by Most Excellent Productions.

Earth Day 2016 is one that our entire community can be proud of.

Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers for making our lake a better place to live.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2017!

 

Related Links
Earth Day 2016 Spring Clean Event
Don’ Miss The Earth Day Fun!
Community Pulls Together On Earth Day
JOIN THE FUN…MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS
WOW, WHAT AN EARTH DAY TO REMEMBER AT MUSSELMAN’S LAKE
MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013