Review of Public Information Session held June 18, 2013 regarding Site Alteration (Fill) Permit Application of Ninth Line site
By Linda Wigmore
Alec Cloke, President of United Soils Management (“USM”), spoke briefly about his company’s background and some of the large fill projects that he has worked on in the past. He said he was hired by Crupi to slope the pit under a license from the Ministry of Natural Resources. The Lee family (owners of the property) asked Alec to approach staff to obtain a Site Alteration Permit from the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to restore the pit to its original 1950 state.
Maria Gatzios of Gatzios Planning & Development Consultants Inc., a consultant hired by United Soils Management, gave an excellent powerpoint presentation about the property background, present condition and the proposal by USM. She spoke at length about how USM is ensuring that only clean fill enters the property, soil and water testing has been and continues to be done, cleaning of the Ninth Line and that hours of operation would be from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. USM has also hired the expertise from the following companies: SCS Consulting Group Ltd., Golder Associates, AME Materials Engineering, Genivar, SPL Consultants Limited, BA Group Transportation Consultants and Jade Acoustics.
Mayor Emmerson asked for public input.
The first speaker was Bob James from Musselman’s Lake. Although he had no objection to the fill project, he had concerns about the way the operation was conducted in the past concerning dust and mud on the 9th Line, noise, trucks impeding traffic, gates open on Saturday and profits generated. He spoke about the pit on Bloomington (operated by a different company) being overfilled and mishandled by the Town. He proposed that 75% of the money received by the Town should be given back to the Musselman’s Lake area residents who have always been treated as second class citizens by the Town.
Mayor Emmerson reiterated that the MNR is in charge of the current operation under the license and not the Town
Carmella Johnson from the Lakeridge Citizens Group also made a presentation. She spoke about how things that had gone awry with the Lakeridge pit in her area. The Lakeridge project was Not contracted to United Soils. She said she was grateful to the Lees and Alec to be able to meet with them at the pit. She also indicated she would be sending a report to council.
Two residents and two non-residents had concerns about where the fill is coming from, truck traffic on Bloomington and financial assistance to Lake residents.
After these presentations, the Council members had an opportunity to speak.
Councillor Rob Hargrave thought there should be a levy on top of the fee that the Town receives to put back into the community and that Council should come back with another strategy.
Councillor Clyde Smith asked about the proposed number of trucks for the fill operation per day. He recommends that the trucks use the newly-widened Stouffville Road to Hwy 48 to take some of the truck traffic off Bloomington Road west of Hwy 48. He gave USM a big check mark for the work which had been done on the Beare Wetlands of which Mr. Smith had been part. Also he expressed concerns about consequences being included in the agreement for non-compliance.
Councillor Richard Bartley asked about testing of the incoming fill. Mr. Seeley of SCS Consulting Group said that pre-approval of the fill is done before the truck reaches the site. Mr. Mike Molinari, Director of Engineering & Capital Projects for the Town said that the Town can take samples and test on a periodic basis.
Councillor Phil Bannon commended the presenters for their informative presentations. He said that the Town has set the standard for Ontario for landfill projects and that the community has an environmental expert in Charlene. He thanked the MLRA for being so pro-active in the information about the fill project on their website. He asked Mr. Molinari when Council might expect a report back and was told that with all the information given; it would be a couple of months.
All in all a very informative evening.