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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Town has access to all information.
The maximum number of trucks which is approved to date is 600 but United is doing nowhere near that.
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.
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A recent letter to the editor by Musselman’s Lake resident Kayt Barclay prompted the MLRA to look into the allegations and figures presented in this letter. We were surprised upon doing some basic research how wrong this letter was and how the figures presented as fact were not even close.
Here is what the Tribune “ Letter Of The Week” says and what the MLRA has uncovered through interviews with Mr. Alec Cloke, owner of United Soils Management and by information gleaned from the Town’s website.
First of all, whether this letter was a deliberate attempt to mislead the public as the municipal elections draw near, Ms. Barclay will have to address that issue. Despite the letter’s allegations, Council and Town Staff are protecting the interests of the community and are working on what could easily be called the Gold Standard of Fill By-Laws in Ontario. They have had the benefit of working with one of the most reputable fill operators in Ontario, Mr. Alec Cloke and United Soils Management. There are numerous random tests done on the soil coming into the United Soils site on Ninth Line with the exact location of where each truck dumps its load being tracked and duly recorded via GPS. Should there be any problems with any soil, the offending excavation company would be immediately banned from dumping any additional soil and the suspect soil in question would be dug up and removed from the site. The MLRA executive has personally visited the site on several occasions and we were very impressed with the safeguards that were in place.
Now the letter goes on to say “the suggested cost for dumping fill per truck was $1.75” Nothing could be further from the truth and if the paper had checked the minutes of the meeting, they would have found the dumping fee is $1.75 per cubic metre of fill. As there are 10 cubic metres of fill on the average truck, this amounts to a fee of $17.50 per truckload – not $1.75 as indicated in the letter.
As far as the unnecessary comment about Councillor Bannon,“I cannot understand why he would not want to give back to our community.” Councillor Bannon has done more for this community than any other resident. He organizes and runs numerous family and charity events. He works diligently on Council to ensure Ward 2 receives its fair share of tax dollars to improve the community with road improvements, a new community park, lake water studies, dump closures and the list goes on and on.
The letter continues a hollow verbal assault of Mr. Bannon with..“The community around these sites will be left with problems if they arise – and no money to fix them if Mr. Bannon has his way.” This ignores the fact that Town Council and staff, as part of the agreement, has insisted that United Soils put up $1,000,000 cash for the Town to keep in reserve to ensure adherence to the strict bylaws. United Soils is also required to carry $5,000,000 worth of environmental insurance.
The problem with erroneous letters such as this is that they mislead members of the public and present their personal views as fact. In this case, they obviously were not. Newspapers have a moral and ethical obligation to check their facts before they print. If they had done their due diligence and had performed a basic fact checking as we have done, we are sure this letter, so full of inaccuracies and untruths, would not have been published but would have been relegated to a blog post on some obscure basement blogger’s website.
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United Soils Management is currently in the process of restoring the old Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to farmland that will include a woodlot. While this is being done Alec Cloke, the owner of United Soils, has been doing everything he can to minimize any possible disruption to our community. It seems that Mother Nature thinks he has been doing a great job of it. Friday June 20, 2014 a deer gave birth to her baby only about four and a half meters (15 feet) from the road on the site near the main gate.
Congratulations Alec Cloke on Mother Nature giving you her seal of approval for a job well done.
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Alec Cloke of United Soils Management always does things in a big way and Earth Day was no exception. Mr. Cloke pulled out the heavy equipment to clean up the roadside ditches and to do some additional landscaping. The men were eager to be doing their part and once they saw the difference they were making, the clean-up efforts were extended to include neighbouring properties.
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After enthusiastic volunteers did an exceptional job on the cleanup, everyone who attended the MLRA Earth Day Spring Clean Event was treated to a great BBQ lunch and to one good announcement after another.
The first announcement came from Cheryl Shindruk, Senior Vice President of Geranium Corporation, the developer for the Copperstone Project on Lakeshore. Geranium as part of their community involvement not only agreed to sponsor a $40,000 study of Musselman’s Lake but provided the services of a leading Ontario limnologist. Cheryl told the residents how pleased Geranium was to participate in this study for the betterment of the community and how excited they were to be building here.
Along with Cheryl was Dr. Neil Hutchinson of Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., who together with Dr. Tammy Karst-Riddoch conducted the 1 year study and prepared the report, titled “Water Quality and Management of Musselman’s Lake”. This unique report is filled with complete scientific data and analysis which you would expect but also explains in layman’s terms what happens to the Lake with each season. Plus, the report explains how seasonal changes that we as residents have observed are completely normal for a kettle lake. Dr. Hutchinson made an excellent often humorous presentation on how the lake changes and what they found. (Short version: lake is in very good shape but Chloride numbers should be monitored as they are a little high.) Both Cheryl Shindruk and Rick Wigmore were presented with bound copies of his report by Dr. Hutchinson. (Executive summary and full report will be posted on this web site)
Councillor Phil Bannon, who as everyone knows by now is running for and would make an excellent or should we say “most excellent” mayor stepped up to the podium with more exciting news for our community.
It’s Official…the community park “Coultice Park”, after 8 long years of negotiation is finally going to be a reality. Besides our community, no one can be more jubilant than Councillor Bannon about the announcement. Councillor Bannon had made it his personal quest to ensure the Community of Musselman’s Lake got the park that it so deserved. There will be an official announcement at Town Council May 6th. Phil thanked the Coultice Family for their perseverance in seeing this amazing land deal through to a close. Mayor Emmerson and Town Councillors were also thanked for their part in seeing this dream become a reality. In this case reality exceeded the dream as not only are we getting the 5 acre community park of our dreams but…also an additional 136 acres of prime ecological land to be managed by the Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority. This park deal is a legacy that can be handed down from generation to generation.
Councillor Bannon continued with the exciting announcements. A new restaurant is coming to our Lake. Opening up soon at Cedar Beach will be the Fishbone Bistro that many are familiar with in Stouffville. This will be a great new addition to our community.
Another announcement was made by Phil Bannon that is going to have a positive impact on our community. The town had reached an agreement with the owners of the Water Tower property to erect barriers and fencing to keep ATV and motocross bike trespassers off the property and return this area back to the peace and quiet that we had there before the invasion of trespassing off road vehicles and the noise associated with them.
All in all it was quite an eventful Earth Day and one to be remembered! Everyone left tired but feeling good about themselves and our community by what we had accomplished.
Can’t remember when we had another Earth Day with so much to be thankful for and so many people and companies to THANK!
A big THANK-YOU goes out to everyone who showed terrific community solidarity by coming out to spring clean, the roads, ditches, and the shoreline in our community on such a wet cold miserable day. There were around 100 residents who did our community proud by actively participated in the massive spring clean-up with around 50 who stayed for the BBQ lunch and announcements.
P.S. Would like to send out a special THANK YOU to Kevin Wigmore and the residents that helped him using their own pontoon boat. This Musselman’s Lake Marine unit laboured on and in the very cold water to pull debris of all types out of Lake. Your extra efforts were very much appreciated.
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United Soils Management’s Fill Permit application to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to farmland with a woodlot was approved by Town Council on Tuesday, December 3rd. We will gradually be saying good-bye to the hole in the ground and hello farmland.
We must thank United Soils Management for taking all possible measures to ensure that the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit Restoration Project will have minimum daily impact on the community and virtually no impact on weekends. Mr. Alec Cloke, his team of experts and the Town Staff are all to be commended for working together diligently to develop a very comprehensive set of rules governing the restoration of a pit operation.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Alec Cloke owner of United Soils management knows this is a man of his word whose commitment to the communities in which he carries out his business is nothing short of amazing.
Here is just a partial list of organizations and events that United Soils graciously sponsors in our community. They include Food Bank, The Legion, Local skating club, Local Hockey, Winter Carnival, and the Fall Fair. In addition they sponsor at least four contests a year for kids that require them to think about Canada and/or their families.
In conclusion United Soils Management is not only setting the Gold Standard in Pit Restoration but also the Gold Standard in being a great corporate citizen. In other words a great addition to our community.