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South Frontenac Council - Aug 7/12by Wilma Kenny
Council Sticks with the Rules
Darlene Clement asked Council to consider waiving the fee in lieu of parkland (5% of property value) for a recent severance of her father’s property. This property, originally two separate farms, had merged in the ‘60s, due to common ownership. Ms Clement felt an exception should be made because both newly created properties are expected to remain with family members. Council directed staff to obtain an official evaluation of the property, but indicated they did not wish to begin making exceptions to the official plan. As they left the meeting, one member of the delegation shouted to council: “I don’t like your attitude!”
Later in the meeting, Council agreed they saw no reason to close and sell a road allowance in Storrington, for it is township policy to not close road allowances that lead to water.
Council did agree to close and sell another portion of road allowance in Storrington after a site visit confirmed the allowance runs through a swamp. However, they turned down the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s request for a reduced price. Mayor Davison expressed concern that, although the conservancy staff had described the property (the former Hewlett-Packard land) as open to public use, he had found the gate locked, with a ‘No Trespassing’ sign.
For a number of years, Wayne Selle has operated a small sawmill on a property at the corner of Murvale and Scanlan Roads, in Loughborough. Recently, he severed the property, and is proposing to move the sawmill from the lot it is presently on, to the adjoining 45 acre lot. This requires transferring the permitted sawmill use. Two letters to Council from neighbours expressed fears that this would interfere with their health, safety and the enjoyment of their property by creating heavy large-vehicle traffic, smoke, and ‘unbearable’ noise.
When questioned, Selle said the sawmill was a small operation, and at the most, might draw six half-ton trucks a week, and a larger truck once every two months. There will be no outdoor furnace or kiln at the new site.
Council approved the necessary zone change.
Massassauga Waste Disposal Site Closing
The Massassauga Site is slated to close on September 28. Further information will be posted on the Township website, and at the site by mid-August.
Public Consultations re Bedford, Portland Waste Disposal Sites
The Public Services Committee will share information and seek public input at two meetings: Bedford Centre on Tuesday August 21, and Verona Lions hall on Wednesday August 24. Both meetings are from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Public Open House and Facilities Tour
Public Works Manager Segsworth announced there will be an official opening of Federal Gas tax funded projects at Keeley Road, Saturday September 29, from 10am-2pm. Come tour the Household Hazardous Waste Site, and the new Sand/Salt storage facility.
Could Black Become the New Omaha Orange?
“NO!” says Council.
A frequent topic resurfaced once again when Segsworth announced that one of three trucks ordered in early spring, the vehicle intended for his own use, is being built at a separate location than the other two. The plant where his vehicle is being built is not equipped to paint the truck Omaha Orange, the township colour.
Having in the past been disappointed with the poor results of repainting, Segsworth has directed the factory to paint the truck black, and add the Township crest to the doors. Council remains adamant that their trucks must be easily identified, and has directed Segsworth to have it repainted orange once it arrives.