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28 Jun

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Ninth Line Landfill Site/Restoration Project Update


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.



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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.