County made motion to accept… NO ONE KNEW!

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Jun 092013
 

Report of June 5th Meeting of Peterborough County Council… With nothing listed on the agenda Dewdney Quarry OPA #41 amendment app. motion made to accept.

Peterborough County Council

Peterborough County Council

Without any indication that it was going to be discussed, not on the agenda and only a verbal notice picked up by our astute member who was there, the County of Peterborough motioned to approve the OPA #41 Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd. Quarry application amendment. At the Council meeting 60 days ago a decision was delayed in order to allow time to get legal advice, and also to clarify the status of the Duty to Consult with the Curve Lake First Nations according to their Treaty.

Here is the report:

Peterborough County Council meeting Wednesday June 5th 2013

REPORT  FROM A NPLRA MEMBER WHO ATTENDED THE
Peterborough County Council meeting June 5th 2013

As you all know, the First Nations were to meet with the Peterborough County planning department on May 16th, that was postponed until May 31st.The County agenda has to be posted by Thursday prior to the Council Meeting. To make sure this was on the agenda, someone, and I would guess Bryan Weir had to have the Clerk, Sally Saunders, put this on the agenda to make sure it could be addressed at Council.

Due to the fact that they didn’t have anywhere to put it on the agenda, she put it under ‘staff reports’, verbal only, with the recommendation to receive it.

I notified the Chief at Curve Lake, who is away this week, but she let me know there was going to be representation in the gallery. Three representatives from NPLRA were there, and representation from Pirates Glen, as well as many Curve Lake residents.

The Council Meeting was long and drawn out, and I do believe that after the Warden served former Chief Keith Knott with a certificate of recognition, they thought we would all leave.

So, staff reports came up, and Mr. Weir read a 5 minute report of his meeting with Curve Lake last Friday. Deputy Warden, Joe Taylor made a motion to pass OPA 41, just as we had thought, and Councilor Whalen seconded it.

Councilor Scott McFadden, spoke quickly to the fact that this was not the proper way to do this. The CAO had to interrupt and agree that the Warden needed to get the resolution removed from the tabled decision before proceeding. The tabling was removed, and Councilor Gerow agreed with Councilor McFadden. As well, he wanted to know if they should have it in a written letter from the Chief, as they had done for all their meetings, and anything left would be part of either an OMB or site plan and licensing with the MNR. Councilor Mitchell agreed to an extent.

The motion was still on the floor to make a decision and Councilor Mary Smith made a motion to table the decision once again until the next Council meeting, with a proper posting in the agenda. This way it would let the public be aware, otherwise they would have not known that this resolution was being dealt with and then passed.

Councillor Windover was very excited to second the motion to pass, but Councillor Whelan beat him to it.

So, it will be brought back this month and I really hope we have a show of people there. We are probably not going to stop this thing, but it is nice to see  Council take a proper route, and not pass something quickly that has so much public interest.

Regardless, Mr. Ritchie, the proponent,  is still living at the camp, he has Maple Leaf Mulch semi’s starting at 6:30 a.m., and neither our CBO or the minister of Aggregate are doing anything about it. (See ” Charlie’s letter” below) Just for everyone’s information, it is approximately July 25th that is the 180 day decision date. At anytime now, Mr. Ritchie could apply to take this to OMB, but he obviously is looking for County’s blessing. Our rezoning OMB, will only start once the OPA 41 is decided on. If Council approves it, it only takes 1 appeal and it will in fact be put together with our rezoning appeal. The OMB is waiting patiently on this decision too.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! BE THERE!
Please, let’s pack this County Council meeting is 26th
at 9:30 am in Peterborough County Council Chambers
470 Water Street Peterborough, ON K9H 3M3

 More……

NPLRA LETTER  TO CHIEF OF CURVE LAKE FIRST NATIONS

Sign and send this Open Letter to our Councilors
The NPLRA is not the only one worrying about what is going on. We feel others should read Charlies letter. It is being reprinted and distributed with his permission. NPLRA is not endorsing what he is saying but making this available for your information.

READ CHARLIE’S LETTER

 

Result of Delegation to County: We Get 30 Days!

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Mar 092013
 
Dewdney's Cave

We took your concerns about the Dewdney Farms Quarry application and re-zoning to the Peterborough County Council Meeting for a final kick at getting someone to listen. Here is the summary. 

March 6th 2013 delegation to Peterborough County

COUNTY COUNCIL DELAYED DECISION FOR 30 DAYS.
….. Rubber-stamped it was not!

Members and associates of the NPLRA should be proud of the presentation Ross and Roger made Wednesday to the Peterborough County Council about issues surrounding the rezoning for the Dewdney Mountain farms from rural to industrial/aggreggate for the quarry. Council members appeared to be engaged and interested in the NPLRA’s message of concern.

Despite the time constraints, Ross and Roger made powerful statements about the NPLRA’s major points of concern:

1: The MNR overlooked the existence of the Dewdney caves, in-spite of its well documented location within 400 metres of the area of blasting.These caves could be the hibernation location of an endangered species of bat, which would require an ANSI study by the MNR to establish. When asked, the MNR stated in a letter it had no interest at this time.

2. In the reports to Council, there was no mention of the more than 500 folk that showed up at the June 23rd 2012 public meeting in Bobcaygeon. It only referred to the 28 speakers at that meeting.

3. With 335 pits and quarries in operation in the whole area and 4 in application stages, neither the MNR nor the local Council has any idea of the amount of tonnage permitted annually on the roads. The four pending applications are for unlimited tonnage! It was emphasized that we desperately need a cumulative haulage impact study.

4. Only 6 cents a ton is paid by the operators to the local municipalities for road repair, none by Crown Land operations. The Province gets .50 (fifty cents)/ton. The operators get $100-$140/ton on average profit.
Operators should be paying considerably more. Taxpayers should NOT be paying for wear and tear on the roads. The operators, including the Province in the case of being an operator should be paying.

5. Residents are seeing their property values decline, taxes increase, a high risk of adverse impact on surface and groundwater quality, interference with threatened,  endangered species and habitats, increased traffic congestion, road degradation,  road -safety concerns, increased air pollution, greenhouse gas emission due to increased truck traffic, impact on tourism resulting to adverse impacts on local and regional economy and increase level of noise and dust.

6.  Aboriginal rights may be affected by this decision, treaties are constantly being negotiated. Have the First Nations at Curve Lake been consulted?

All these issues show the inadequacy of the existing study methods and that the full information is not getting through to the decision makers.

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Council members had questions and showed concern for the issues. Although the NPLRA was not questioned directly but through Iain Mudd, of Landmark Association Ltd.,whose full report was presented after the Delegation,( and is featured with the agenda), there was good discussion on several of the issues:

Cavan Monaghan Deputy Mayor Scott McFadden lead the discussion about the Caves, saying he was not comfortable with the fact that the MNR had not visited the site before making the decision that they ( the caves) were not significant. As such he would not approve passing the application.

Several of the Council members agreed with Scott and a discussion ensued, ending with the decision to defer the re-zoning decision for 30 days to give the Council a chance to address the issue with the MNR.

North Kawartha Reeve Jim Whelan wanted council to approve the application saying that the studies had all been done and approved. He said this was a red herring.

Deputy Mayor of Smith-Ennismore – Lakefield Township, Andy Mitchell, commented that he was in agreement that the Quarry operators should be paying more for usage of the roads. There were several sounds of agreement to this statement.

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NPLRA’s purpose was to demonstrate that full and proper information was not getting to the decision makers, which could have flawed subsequent decisions. While this does not meet our hopes of better management and control of the Quarries at this time, this action to delay their decision comes as a huge encouragement, and shows that the County listens to and can hear our concerns.

The Aggregate Resources Act must be updated.

Our presence at the Peterborough Council meeting was noted by Warden Murray Jones. We had about 30 people there in a seating area of only 20! More chairs were brought out for us. This was good support from NPLRA members and associates as it was held in the day, in the middle of winter and In Peterborough!

Well done and thanks to everyone who showed up!

Quarry decision delayed over caves fears — Peterborough Examiner

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Mar 072013
 

County council wants more information on a network of caves near a planned quarry in Trent Lakes Township, about 45 kilometres north of Peterborough, before it gives a necessary planning approval for the venture.

Council decided Wednesday to delay a decision on the official plan amendment application for the Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd. project in Trent Lakes (formerly known as Galway-Cavendish and Harvey).

It wants the Ministry of Natural Resources to answer questions about caves that are near the proposed site of the quarry.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICE HERE

Peterborough Examiner

Quarry Meets County Council — CHEX Peterborough

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Mar 062013
 

“A concerned citizens group knows it can’t stop development of a proposed quarry in Trent Lakes Township. Still, the North Pigeon Lake Ratepayers Association [NPLRA] is not staying silent. Dan Nyznik reports.”

http://www.chextv.com/News/LN/13-03-06/Quarry_Meets_County_Council.aspx

CHEX Television

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Notice of Delegation to County

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Feb 222013
 

NOTICE OF DELEGATION TO PETERBOROUGH COUNTY COUNCIL MARCH 6th
to demand responsible governance on issues regarding applications, operation, haulage and management of
QUARRIES

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6th at the
Peterborough County Council Offices
at 470 Water Street, Peterborough
9:30 AM

Please attend this Peterborough County Council Meeting to support this delegation by the North Pigeon Lake Ratepayers Assn. (NPLRA). It addresses the concerns of hundreds of local and seasonal families with regard to the apparent lack of proper consideration by our local and provincial governments for the accumulative effect of aggregate haulage, and the devastation this can cause to this beautiful area.

NPLRA will be requesting that proper studies are done and proper attention is given to safeguard the effects of hundreds of trucks a day on our roads, our property tax increases to repair these roads, property devaluation, environmental and lifestyle damage caused by ineffective management as well as non-effective rules & regulations in place at this time.

Your support at this meeting to hear the presentation of these concerns and question what actions the County intends to take to effectively address these issues, will show the depth of concern felt so strongly by our members, associated people and organizations.

PLEASE ATTEND. YOUR PRESENCE IS VITAL !!!

Notice of Delegation to County

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Feb 222013
 

NOTICE OF DELEGATION TO PETERBOROUGH COUNTY COUNCIL MARCH 6th
to demand responsible governance on issues regarding applications, operation, haulage and management of
QUARRIES

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6th at the
Peterborough County Council Offices
at 470 Water Street, Peterborough
9:30 AM

Please attend this Peterborough County Council Meeting to support this delegation by the North Pigeon Lake Ratepayers Assn. (NPLRA). It addresses the concerns of hundreds of local and seasonal families with regard to the apparent lack of proper consideration by our local and provincial governments for the accumulative effect of aggregate haulage, and the devastation this can cause to this beautiful area.

NPLRA will be requesting that proper studies are done and proper attention is given to safeguard the effects of hundreds of trucks a day on our roads, our property tax increases to repair these roads, property devaluation, environmental and lifestyle damage caused by ineffective management as well as non-effective rules & regulations in place at this time.

Your support at this meeting to hear the presentation of these concerns and question what actions the County intends to take to effectively address these issues, will show the depth of concern felt so strongly by our members, associated people and organizations.

PLEASE ATTEND. YOUR PRESENCE IS VITAL !!!

Letter to the Editor: What I learned From Council (2013-02-22)

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Feb 222013
 
Daily News

What I learned From Council

I never bothered too much with local politics in recent years having had my fill decades ago when developers and a “soft” township council threatened Boyd Island in Pigeon Lake. In the late spring of 2012 as the Ledge Road Quarry issue raised its ugly head I decided to sit in on some Galway-Cavendish and Harvey Council meetings to witness first hand the leadership and governance of our beautiful township. It was really worth the numerous visits for I learned the following:

  1. There are indeed expensive light bulbs. A debate over some $400 in light bulbs took considerably longer than any discussion of why a lawyer’s bill was for $35,000. Glad they are worried about every penny.
  2. A citizen must ask well in advance to ask a question or make a point at a Council session. A councillor, though, can raise, at any time, even personal issues. I learned that getting a reduce speed limit sign moved from in front of a councillor’s house is easy and minutes do not have to really be as accurate as the discussion or reason outlined at the Council meeting.
  3. An aggregate plan for the Township can be seen to be no more than a map of where all the aggregate rests. So thought one councillor. Must admit a one- page map in color does save on pages of verbiage that outlines the Township’s plan to manage the resource.
  4. Spending $28,000 a year for three years to study the waters of Pigeon Lake has no value since, after one-year post, the Scugog study the water looks the same! That, plus not wanting a conservation authority to have control, is enough to scuttle any hope of the Township getting involved.

I am so excited about learning even more in the next 22 months until we have a new group of councillors with their own lessons to teach.

Ross Morton
Resident on Pigeon Lake
“Stoned In Quarryville”

(Originally published in The Promoter, February 22, 2013)

Promoter, February 22, 2013

Promoter, February 22, 2013

Quarry Approved — CHEX Peterborough

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Jan 152013
 

“Shock and outrage tonight for several residents in Galway-Cavendish and Harvey Township.

Today, council approved a bylaw for a 400-acre quarry near Nogie’s Creek.

But as Mark Giunta reports, residents vow to quash the plan.”

http://www.chextv.com/News/LN/13-01-15/Residents_Upset_over_Approved_Quarry_in_Galway-Cavendish_and_Harvey_Township.aspx

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REMINDER: Galway, Cavendish & Harvey Council Meeting January 15th

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Jan 142013
 
Town Council

See How They Vote On The
DEWDNEY QUARRY APPLICATION

Fast Notes:

  1. At the last Galway Cavendish Harvey Council Meeting Jan 8th/13
  • Pat Kemp, an administrator not an elected councilor was sent from the GCH Council to attend an area wide Aggregates Planning meeting involving Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • The City of Kawartha Lakes is developing an Aggregate Secondary Plan which will form part of the City’s official plan.
  • Several of the Councilors expressed that they would have liked to attend but were not notified.
  1. The Interim Control By-law
  • The NPLRA  had suggested this I C B  be put in place to make time for proper studies to be done on this application.
  • It was reported as costing $250,000, and without any discussion or question as to why such a high price tag the report was accepted.
  • This effectively shelves the Interim Control By-Law as being too expensive

 

Council Meeting of Galway, Cavendish & Harvey, January 15, 2013

Please attend the meeting tomorrow to show your concern:

RE: Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd., Lot 28 and Part if Lots 29 and 30 concession 15, Harvey Ward
Applications for Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments.

Council Meeting of Galway, Cavendish & Harvey, January 15, 2013

Please attend this Galway Cavendish Harvey Council Meeting to  show your support and concerns with the Quarries issues. The applications from the public meetings held on April 10th 2012 and June 23rd 2012 will be brought forward at this Planning Meeting  for Council’s consideration:

The Galway Cavendish Harvey Council (GCH) Meeting on January 15th 2013 will be held in the Township’s Council Chambers at 701 County rd. 36, Bobcaygeon at 1pm.

Council Meeting of Galway, Cavendish & Harvey, January 15, 2013

This meeting is open to the public, however it is not a public meeting under the Planning Act and the Council will not be accepting public comments.

Your attendance to observe is vital, please respect the purpose of this meeting and  observe only. Any unruly behaviour will not be tolerated.

Brief Summary of the Council Meeting of January 8th

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Jan 142013
 
Town Council

Brief Summary of the Council Meeting of January 8th
Galway-Cavendish Harvey Township Offices

To: NPLRA Board Members & Members and Non Members 

The meeting started off well with the prayer and the national anthem.

For items 1 through 6-3 a) There was nothing relevant to report, as it was housekeeping items.

Meeting Update Dec. 14 th – City of Kawartha Lakes

Item 6-3 – Pat Kemp presented the administration report and the following is a brief synopsis.

  1. The City of Kawartha Lakes – Hosted its Aggregate Secondary Plan on Dec 14, 2012.
  2. Pat Kemp was the only representative for GCH and reported on the meeting.
  3. The details of the Dec 14 Th meeting are on page 39 – 40 of the January 8 The Council Agenda.
  4. The City of Kawartha Lakes is developing an Aggregate Secondary Plan, which will form part of the cities official plan. It was noted that the City of Kawartha Lakes has 150 licensed pits in their municipality.
  5. The Mayor could not attend and asked Pat Kemp – Chief Administrative officer/Economic Development Officer/Deputy Clerk to attend.
  6. Councilor Beverly Matthews commented on this issue, showed concern and stated that she was available and that this meeting was, in her opinion, important enough to warrant one elected official there.
  7. There was immediate discontent expressed and directed to the mayor from various councilors with her decision to have a CAO/deputy clerk attend such a meeting instead of a councilor.
  8. The Mayor did not ask any Councilor or even mention it to them. Ron Windover, Bev Mathews, and Don Lacombe said they would have liked to go and would definitely want to attend the next meeting. Bev Mathews re-iterated that the township should have sent a councilor instead of an administrator. From our viewpoint it was more likely an apparent failure of the Mayor not communicating with her councils.
  9. Pat added that the City of Kawartha Lakes would like Peterborough County and GCH to be involved due to the overlap of haul routes.
  10. The next follow up meeting will be hosted by the County.

In conclusion, Pat Kemp was not overly excited about the meeting or the subject matter. As a side note: we do not know her well enough to properly assess her demeanor. She referenced a similar effort put forward by the township 8 years ago. The GCH council did not appear too interested in being part of this secondary plan. However, Don Lacombe did mention that some aggregate meetings in the County of Peterborough were planned and something was actually put into the official plan for GCH (this may be a reference to the infamous “map of all aggregate deposits”). And from there on it went downhill. The Mayor’s last words were that the Interim Control by Law will cost too much for the township.

 

Item 6-3 c) was nothing exciting unless you were the one who had to move a building off Town land.

Interim Control By-Law (ICB) – Update

  1. Pat Kemp (who appears to handle and control each subject) again handled Item 6-3 d) and it revolved around the NPLRA’s asking that the Township pass an interim control bylaw. Steve’s last minute email with additional information was handed out to all Councilors and Mayor. Pat gave some statistics like there were a total of 35 aggregate sites which consists of 17 licenses* on private land and 18 permits* on crown land. New applications were not mentioned.
  2. Thus she said the bylaw would not have any impact on Crown land quarries. She then went through her elaborate report and in our opinion slanted her remarks to the negatives but that is our interpretation.
  3. She answered the question by the Mayor “what will this cost?” or words to that effect. She said $250,000. The mayor remarked to the council, and by this time to the audience present, that the cost of the studies to support the Interim Control Bylaw was too expensive for the township.

Not one councilor, Pat Kemp or the Mayor asked for the breakdown or the justification of the $250,000.00. The only justification was that Pat Kemp had asked a lawyer what it would cost. Thus one has to question the number but regardless the number was high enough it surely influenced the Councillors and Mayor. Janet added that this should be something for the province to handle. And it is their responsibility alluding to the fact in our opinion that it was not her responsibility. Bev Matthews said the Ontario government should pay for the appeals to OMB. Motion to receive the report and in my opinion was a nice way of saying it isn’t going anywhere!

In conclusion, the number of new applications was not mentioned and hence there may be more sites than stated. The guessed at cost to adopt the interim control bylaw became the issue instead of considering the long term planning and management of the aggregate sites by the township. Not even discussion or debate over would it cost more to maintain the haul routes per year than a one time cot of a guessed at $250,000.

The NPLRA’s message to the township is to take the time to implement a management plan for current and future aggregate sites and look at the objections and problems raised by the community and professionals with traffic, water quality, and the environment. The report was received and accepted by all members of council.  It appeared that the Interim Control Bylaw had just been shelved! The last hope for a year of studying the issues and building a plan seems doomed.

Correspondence

  1. The council received and accepted various correspondences written and provided by Dewdney Mountain Farms related to the application and rezoning of the aggregate site. The details of the reports are available in the January 8, 2013 Council Agenda. I.e. Genivar Inc., Haul Road Improvements, David S. and White, Baker and Cole.

Accounts Payables

  1. Later on in the meeting when looking at accounts Councilor Beverly Matthews questioned why light bulbs cost over $400 for replacements for a Town building. Ron Windover said he bought a light bulb recently and it cost $6.80 and did not understand why a light bulb would cost so much.
  2. The notion that a $400 bill for light bulbs came under scrutiny, however the cost of $250,000 to conduct studies related to the Interim Control Bylaw was not even questioned leads one to surmise a complete disregard for the concerns that the NPLRA are bringing forward. We thought that there was an assumed automatic dismissal based on the high cost, when they are worried about light bulbs.
  3. There was also some discussion about a rather high legal bill for over $33,000. Although they all expressed concern no one really challenged it or asked that justification be brought back to Council. Pat Kemp was asked by the Mayor to get more information and Pat Kemp replied that the Bay Street law firm invoiced the township at the rates quoted and that’s the way it is.

In conclusion, the invoice for the amount $433.00 to a hardware store for light bulbs was scrutinized and discussed in length by councillors. Meanwhile, there seemed in the opinion of the writers of this note almost little discussion of all other significant expenditures. The rational for discussion was lost on the NPLRA members in the audience.

Media – Update

Addendum: Ross Morton later in the day returned a call to the radio station Bob FM in Lindsay and gave them an interview. He gave them the history of NPLRA, the reason for our concern, the fact we wanted a plan, the fact we wanted but were not going to get an ICB to buy some time, etc…

He expressed to the media our frustration with the Council and the Mayor, and gave some examples of the humour seen sitting in on Council meetings. He covered almost the entire foregoing note in some detail.

He did end the interview with an answer to the Jim and Julie show question “what is next if the Township approves the rezoning and gives the quarry the go ahead?” His answer was that the NPLRA and the citizenry of GCH would have no choice but to go to the Ontario Ombudsman and the OMB and fight on the basis that proper due diligence was not done and thus a poor precedence was set.

Finally: The next important point in this exercise by the GCH Council is the vote on the rezoning to be held on January 15th at 1:00 PM in the Town Council offices. Be there please.

Council Meeting of Galway, Cavendish & Harvey, January 15, 2013