Craig Bakay | Apr 10, 2019
“This eliminates Household Hazardous Waste Day as we know it,” Mayor Frances Smith said at the regular Central Frontenac Council meeting Tuesday afternoon in Sharbot Lake.
Central has been holding the annual day for several years and it was designed to clear out all sorts of ‘hazardous’ waste like old pain and oil from barns and garages around the Township.
It did quite well at that but the problem was that it was expensive.
In a report to Council, acting Public Works Manager David Armstrong pointed out that in 2018, 380 vehicles came in to dump hazardous waste. That ended up costing the Township $24,072.49 (invoiced cost of $37,000 minus $12,927.51 in rebates). And that doesn’t include staff overtime.
If everyone in the Township took a load of household hazardous waste to Kingston for disposal, the cost would have been $14,198.50. (For the previous three years, the day has averaged 389 vehicles per year).
If all residents took a load to South Frontenac, the cost would have been $19,450.
Armstrong said that as it stands now, residents can take hazardous waste to Kingston or South Frontenac. South Frontenac is a bit more expensive but he said they seem open to negotiation.
There is also a chance that North Frontenac facilities could be made available to Central residents.
So for this year at least, residents who want to dispose of such dangerous materials are to go to the Township office in Sharbot Lake, fill out a form and take their waste to Kingston or South Frontenac.
However, the Township will pick up the tab for it (gas excluded).
“It’s already in the budget (for worst case scenario),” said Armstrong.
“If we need to re-instate Household Hazardous Waste Day, I’m sure we’ll hear about it,” said Smith. “I just can’t save up enough waste every year though.
“Maybe we might look at doing it every two years.”
“I think this is great,” said Coun. Nicki Gowdy. “I think it will catch on when people realize they can go whenever they want rather than having to wait every year.”
Dep. Mayor Victor Heese suggested a drop off site at Wemp Road or Oso, trucking the waste to Kingston once a month might be an option.
“It wouldn’t be quite that simple,” said Armstrong. “We’d have to have the proper licence and designated areas for it at our waste sites.
“But it could be a possibility.”
Who knew it could be that simple?
When Dorothy Gray came to Council asking for a culvert to alleviate flooding problems in her driveway on Long Lake Road, it sounded like she expected an arguement.
“I’ve told a couple of people but nothing’s been done,” she said. “It’s a big puddle and it freezes over.”
Mayor Frances Smith asked acting Public Works Manager David Armstrong if the Township installed culverts in these situations.
Armstrong replied that generally, they put them in for new construction but when something like this is brought to their attention, they usually take care of it.
“Especially if it’s beneficial to our infrastructure,” he said.
Council directed staff to have a look at the matter.
Grants for rinks
Council gave its blessing for staff to help the Kennebec Recreation Committee to apply for a Hydro 1 grant to be put towards rink renovations in Arden and to look at projects that might qualify for Ontario Trillium Fund grants such as the (proposed) rink in Sharbot Lake.