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22 Apr

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Happy Earth Day

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International Earth Day is today. Our Community Spring Clean is now only a few days away and we have some exciting news!

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We have been working with Tiny Seedlings and they have graciously offered to donate a fantastic lunch for everyone who helps out.  This year it won’t be the usual, hot dogs.   This year we get to warm up with homemade chili and corn on the cob!  Thank you Tiny Seedlings!

United Soils has not only offered to supply the garbage bags and gloves that we needed but will also be supplying 2 garbage bins for all the waste we are going to collect.

One of our concerns for the Lake is water runoff and the sediment that it carries into the Lake.  After a long winter there is a lot of sediment along the sides of the roads that needs to be picked up.  When we presented this concern to United Soils they once again stepped up to help our community and offered to use their street sweeper to clean the areas of concern!  The sooner we can get the gravel and sand off the road, the more of it we can keep out of our Lake!

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8th Annual MLRA Earth Day Community Spring Clean Event

We will be collecting used bikes for Africycle, if you have a used bike laying around please drop it off knowing that it is going for a great cause.  There is more information about where these bikes go after you donate them at www.africycle.org.

Are you collecting used batteries but don’t know what to do with them…..bring them by and lets keep them out of the landfill, let us dispose of them for you!

If you have a boat that you can’t get out of the water or a dock that is garbage don’t leave it in the lake, email us and we will come by and help you remove it.

Cedar Beach Park will be providing large recycle bins for everything from metal to plastic, lets keep as much out of landfill as possible.

Can’t wait to see everyone Saturday morning, come early for coffee and we get to end with a great lunch and entertainment by Most Excellent Productions!

Should be a fantastic Day!!

Don’t forget, today, that is actually Earth Day please take time to think of our community and our environment and what YOU can do to make a difference.

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MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013

17 Apr

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JOIN THE FUN…MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS

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The MLRA, 8th Annual Earth Day “Community Spring Clean” Event    Cedar Beach Park, Musselman’s Lake – Sat. April 25th, 2015 from 9am to noon. 

Due to overwhelming community support the MLRA is having it’s 8th Annual MLRA Earth Day Event! Wow…hard to believe that it’s been 8 years for this extremely successful community event. Please come out and enjoy the fun! Bring the whole family.

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CLICK on IMAGE to view Earth Day photos from last year’s event

 

The MLRA would like to thank everyone for their continued support. It is much appreciated.

 

 

 

MLRA Earth Day Music Video

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MLRA Earth Day “Spring Clean” Event 2013

27 Jun

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MOTHER NATURE UNITES

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Deer Gives Birth At United Soils

United Soils Management sign announces the birth of a fawn

United Soils Management sign announces the birth of a deer

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.

16 May

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EARTH DAY IN A BIG WAY

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United Soils Management Did Its Part On Earth Day

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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Earth Day in a BIG way at United Soils Management

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Earth Day in a BIG way at United Soils Management – roadside ditches were cleaned out

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Earth Day in a BIG way at United Soils Management – even some landscaping was done to spruce things up a bit

 

 

 

06 Dec

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TOWN COUNCIL’S DECISION BENEFITS OUR COMMUNITY

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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.

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

 

 

21 Nov

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GRAVEL PIT RESTORATION PERMIT

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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.

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A Very Informative Meeting

04 Oct

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GOOD NEIGHBOUR MAKES A CLEAN SWEEP

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United Soils Management Bought A New Street Sweeper/Cleaner And Modified It For Maximum Effectiveness.

United Soils Management's new street cleaner/sweeper

United Soils Management’s new street cleaner/sweeper
Photo – Dan Wigmore

United Soils Management has followed through with its promise to ensure that street cleaning is a priority. Owner, Alec Cloke has purchased a street sweeper/cleaner and modified it to maximize its effectiveness. Mr. Cloke had a special water tank fitted to the sweeper. This controls the amount of water being used in the cleaning process and keeps it to a minimum based on the road conditions at any given time. You will never be driving through a muddy mess that conventional street cleaners can leave behind. United Soils Management also has a full time operator on staff that spends five hours a day cleaning Ninth Line. I think we can safely say that in keeping with United Soils “Gold Standard” policy, Mr. Cloke has set a “Gold Standard” for street cleaning.

20 Jun

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A Very Informative Meeting

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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.

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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

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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.