Jeff Green | Oct 04, 2012
2100 litres of fuel stolen from AH works yard
“This was not just someone taking a few jerry cans with fuel,” Addington Highlands Roads Superintendent Royce Rosenblath told members of the township's council at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 1. “It was an organized theft.”
The theft came to light when, during weekly top up of fuel to the supply at the Northbrook works yard, the supplier found that the tank was just about empty.
“We had only filled up one tractor during the week, maybe a hundred litres, but the tank was empty,” said Rosenblath.
Further investigation revealed that fuel that had been stored in a small portable tank on a truck that is used to fill up township equipment in the field was also gone.
Rosenblath told council that the thieves had to have used some sort of pump to remove all the fuel.
“They could not have done this by siphoning,” he said, adding that the amount of fuel taken was also much more than would be taken by someone who was just looking for some free home heating fuel for the winter.
“This has been reported to the OPP, and they say it looks like an organized theft, and they might come back,” said Rosenblath.
New fire hall plans scrutinized – Fire Chief Casey Cuddy went over the preliminary drawings for a new fire hall with Council. A rough estimate on the cost of the hall, based on a cost of $120 per square foot ($185 per square foot for the finished spaces and about $100 for the garage space) would put the projects costs at $561,000, according to calculations done by Councilor Adam Snider.
Dear, Deer Rock – Former Addington Highlands councilor Eythel Grant, who remains the township representative to the Quinte Region Conservation Authority, reported that the lack of rain early this summer, in addition to causing low water levels all along the system, also cut the revenue stream from the hydro power generating station the authority runs.
Councilor Helen Yanch took the opportunity to once again ask if Grant might bring up a signage issue that has bothered her for years. The sign leading into Deer Rock Lake, which sits on conservation authority-managed land, says “Deerock Lake”.
“I don't know why they don't change it already,” Yanch said.
Deputy Reeve Bill Cox said, “Wasn't it called Deer Lake at one time?”
“Maybe it was misspelled on some earlier mapping,” suggested Councilor Adam Snider.”
“I don't know if it was or wasn't,” said Yanch, “but it is time they corrected it. Could you bring it back to their attention, Eythel?”
“I can do that,” said Grant, “you know I don't think I've ever been there, you know, I've never been to Deer Rock Lake.”
“You should go sometime,” said Yanch.