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South Frontenac Councilby Wilma Kenny
Waste Disposal Site Review Proposal
Public Works Manager Mark Segsworth and Guy Laporte of AECOM brought a draft review of waste disposal site operations for Council’s consideration, prior to seeking public input. The report listed three primary options: 1) Status Quo - maintain current levels of service, continue to export South Storrington’s waste, and as disposal sites fill and are closed, export the waste. Landfill capacity would be used up after 17 years, and the estimated 20-year cost is $16.6 million. 2) Export Option: close all landfill sites at once, and commence exporting. Estimated twenty-year cost is $20 million. 3) Recommended Option (as described below), which would provide landfill capacity until 2032, and the estimated twenty-year cost is $9.5 million.
This recommended options include closing the Green Bay and Bradshaw sites in Bedford District and decreasing operating costs by landfilling Storrington’s waste in South Frontenac rather than transporting it to a transfer station in Kingston. As well, public disposal of waste will be limited to one day per week, and disposal options will be reduced. Weigh scales would also be installed so that tipping fees can be based on weight, and more efficient filling, compacting and covering procedures are proposed for the waste sites.
Secondary recommendations include: more public information and promotion of recycling, in order to minimize the considerable amount of recyclable material still going into landfill, better fencing and security at landfill sites, and studies to document the types and origins of waste coming into landfills.
After discussion, Council received the report, which will now go out for public input before being brought back to Council for final approval and implementation.
Response to MOE re Portland Waste Site
Markl Segsworth, in discussion with the Public Services Committee brought to Council three recommended actions for addressing surface and ground water issues at the Portland Waste disposal site: water level management, partial capping, and closing the site to the public and diverting all public use of the site to alternate township sites.
“Approximately 20% of the waste coming into the Portland site is from (township) collection vehicles,” noted Segsworth: “All the rest is from the public at large.” These courses of action will be presented to the Ministry of the Environment later this month.
Council chose, with some recommended changes, designs for new signs to be posted at all 39 road entrances to South Frontenac Township.
Lake Association ‘Gathering’
Deputy Mayor McDougall suggested that Council invite representatives from local lake associations to meet with council, perhaps in August, to discuss areas of mutual concern, such as waste disposal, 2012 budget, lane assistance recent Official Plan amendments, and burning regulations, etc.
Special Meeting of Council
Following Committee of the Whole, Mayor Davison called a brief meeting of council, in which CAO Wayne Orr and the Mayor were authorized to enter into a new contract with Percy Snider for the administration and grounds maintenance of the Sydenham Cemetery for the period June 13, 2012 - April 2013.
This contract will offer the same financial terms as the previous one, but will require prompt installation of all outstanding corner posts, maintenance of improved records, including mapping, and a 90 day notice provision should the contractor choose to withdraw from the contract. The Cemetery Board will be responsible to ensure these new provisions are adhered to, and will draw up a proposal for an alternate service model for the Sydenham cemetery, to be tendered prior to the expiry of the present contract.