Tagged: Lee Sand & Gravel Pit

06 Dec




Town Council approves United Soils Management’s Permit Application 

Lee Sand & Gravel Pit site circa 1950 prior to excavations

Lee Sand and Gravel Pit Restoration Project will be returned to the way it was in this circa 1950 photo thanks to efforts by United Soil Management and the Town of Stouffville

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.



A Very Informative Meeting

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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)



21 Nov




Town Council To Make Final Decision On United Soils Management’s Permit Application At Council Meeting On Tuesday December 3 at 7:00 pm

United Soils Management’s  Fill Permit application to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to farmland with a woodlot comes before Town Council for final approval. If all goes well we can say goodbye to the hole in the ground and hello woodlot.



Paperclip icon Site Alteration Permit Application: 14245 Ninth Line 


A Very Informative Meeting

20 Jun


A Very Informative Meeting


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.


Lee Family Farm pre 1950

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


Ninth Line Site

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.