| Mar 05, 2009

Back to HomeFeature Article - March 5, 2009 South Frontenac CouncilBy Wilma Kenny

Sydenham Water Report

Kevin Riley of Utilities Kingston presented the 2008 annual Water Treatment Plant report to Council, and noted that it is available to the public at the Township offices, the water plant, and online at utilitieskingston.com. Of the 60 metals and chemicals for which the water is tested, only one exceeded the Maximum Acceptable Concentration (MAC). As earlier discussed in Council, this was the Trihalomethane level, which averaged out at 142 micrograms per litre. (The MAC is presently 100, though the Canadian level is expected to be brought down to the same level as the US: 80.) South Frontenac has retained the services of a qualified consultant to assist in the research and trial of alternative treatment options to reduce total Trihalomethanes. The report states that no attempt will be made to calculate the average water usage per person until all the village hook-ups are completed.

Council approved three community members for a Sydenham Water Advisory Committee, which will meet quarterly. The committee will consist of Kevin Riley, Councilors McPhail and Vandewal, village residents Janet Knights and Wilma Kenny, and township resident John Allen, former District Manager for the Ministry of the Environment. The Health Unit has asked to send an ‘observer’ to provide background information. Purpose of this group is to keep the village residents up to date on the status of the water system.

Lacey Lake Summer Camp/ Retreat/ Cultural Centre

Council gave final approval to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto to begin building a summer camp on a large piece of property just northeast of Perth Road Public School, just off the Walsh Road. The project had been on hold until a right-of-way access road was brought up to township standards. When completed, the camp will have the capacity to serve 200: it will operate in the summer only, though there will be year-round caretakers living on site.

Township ‘Housekeeping’

Council approved the annual/biennial bridge inspection, an upgrade to the office telephone system, purchase of a grader, and an agreement with the public health unit to continue with the septic tank re-inspection program in 2009.

Loughborough District Canada Day Committee

After 2008's successful return of Canada Day celebrations in Sydenham, the following were appointed to the 2009 committee: Brenda McPhail, John Trousdale, Sandra Sigsworth, Anne Barlow, Norm Irwin, Mark Alton, Susan Radford, Sharon Menard, Mike Howe, Sarah Jeffrey and Christine Stevens.

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