Jule Koch Brison | Jun 20, 2013

Addington Highlands resident Paul Isaacs brought a proposal to council that the township hire him for a nominal fee of $1 to investigate the costs to the municipality of monitoring ground and surface water at its waste sites.

Isaacs pointed out to council that if something goes wrong with, for example, the water at the Denbigh hall, dozens of people would fall sick instantly. However, if the water is bad at waste sites, no one would immediately be harmed. Yet, monitoring the water at the hall costs around $300 a year as opposed to the cost of monitoring water at the waste sites, which was over $80,000 in 2012. The monitoring is done by Johnson Environmental Consultants.

Isaacs is asking for the nominal fee so that he can request information as a representative of the township, but said he would not send out any communications without township approval.

He said that in his investigation so far, he had found that the documents controlling the waste sites do not contain actual rules, but only guidelines or recommendations. He therefore proposed that the township could reduce costs by taking the samples themselves and requesting that the number of test wells and the frequency of sampling should be reduced.

Council responded that they were very appreciative of Paul Isaacs having taken the initiative to help the township, but that the first step should be to refer the proposal to the waste site supervisor, Royce Rosenblath.

Deputy Reeve Bill Cox also pointed out that there were two different ministries involved: the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Environment.

Council voted to receive Paul Isaacs’ proposal and refer it to the waste site supervisor.

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