Mono Council files objection to proposed Violet Hill gravel pit

November 23, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Mono Council has sent a letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR) detailing its objection to Greenwood Aggregate’s proposed Violet Hill gravel pit.

Under Ontario’s Aggregate Resources Act, the MNR is the agency that oversees the gravel pit licence application process, a process separate from municipal Official Plan & Zoning Bylaw amendments.

In its letter to the MNR, the Town stated that, as the Planning Act process is in the very early stages and is likely to be protracted, Greenwood’s application to the MNR for a gravel pit licence is premature.

As the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw do not permit aggregate extraction on the subject lands, Greenwood had to make an application to the Town to amend both; however, the Town deemed the application to be incomplete as it did not address a number of key issues. Greenwood has appealed the Town’s determination that their application was incomplete to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). A date for an appeal hearing has not been set.

Tuesday’s council session dealt with a lengthy list of business items.

The first item in New Business, was a  Draft By-law concerning stop signs in the new Brookfield subdivision, which calls for the installation of several stop signs. The by-law was passed.

The next order of business was the result of a request by the Public Works Department for bids to provide the Town with a sidewalk snowplow/sander unit with an operator and to supply, haul, mix and stockpile winter road sand. Five bids were received for the sidewalk snow clearing and a single bid for the winter sand. Public Works Director Michael Dunmore said the bid of Al McIntyre Property Services Ltd. was awarded the plow/sander contract, while the sole bid for road sand was accepted and the contract awarded to Joe Kerr Ltd of Wingham, at a price of $16.25 per tonne before taxes.

Prices for the plow/sander work ranged from $47.50 to $165.00 per kilometre applying 50-125mm, to $215.00 for over 125mm and $47.50 to $120 for applying sand only.

In other business, the Town of Orangeville has asked Mono to contribute $5,000 towards the Canada Day 2017 Celebrations marking the nation’s 150th birthday. This was an increase from what Mono has done in previous years, when they contributed $1000 towards the July 1 fireworks display.

As Council had already set aside $5000 for Mono’s own Canada 150 celebrations, it was decided that they would continue with their original $1000 contribution.

In response to a letter from Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson, Council passed a resolution to the effect that the federal government should not proceed with any electoral reform without a referendum on the subject being held.

The next Mono Council meeting will be Tuesday, December 13 at  7 p.m. in the Municipal Offices on Mono Centre Road.


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