Clair Marshall went out to the Buckhorn Berry Farm on Saturday June 27, 2020 to pick her own berries. The Buckhorn Berry Farm has put in new protocols for a safe trip out into the berry field so that guests are still able to pick their own berries during the pandemic. Clair was able to fill her bucket full of juicy red strawberries.
Municipalities asked for help
Douro-Dummer digs in to purchase of aggregate quarry
by Vanessa Stark
A Notice of Motion was brought before Selwyn council at the June 23 meeting.
Councilor Gerry Herron moved the motion that was seconded by the Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis.
The motion read, “Whereas the safety of our residents and our visitors is always of the upmost importance and whereas the enjoyment of public boat launches, beaches and picnic areas are for all to enjoy and whereas parking issues and police involvement is at a cost to all of our residents and whereas emergency vehicles cannot perverse these areas safely and in a timely manner and thus creates a safety and liability concerns for our township. Be it resolved that staff be directed to bring back a report for the July 14 council meeting which includes ways to enforce the situation. At present our hot spots include at Old Burleigh Rd, East Street and Fifes Bay, Birch Island Road and Selwyn Conservation Area.”
This Notice of Motion came after Selwyn Council, along with Trent Lakes, North Kawartha and Peterborough County received a letter from Jennifer Craig, General Manager of the Burleigh Falls Inn.
Craig told the Herald that she sent the letter to the municipalities to address the issues she, as the Inn along with many residents, have been dealing with. Craig said she sees it as an opportunity to better the attraction of the falls, the lives of the residents, and the businesses in the area.
The main concerns Craig presented were mass amounts of visitors parking on the road, blocking resident’s driveways, parking on private property, not adhering to new public health protocols and defecating on private property.
“Parking is one issue, but the defecation is something entirely different.”
She said that when visitors are caught in the act of publicly defecating, their response is simply that they had nowhere else to go.
As a business Craig said that she cannot risk, nor afford letting non guests or customers into her facility. As per the new public health guidelines she would need to hire a fulltime bathroom attendant, and with the struggles and challenges of COVID-19 that just isn’t feasible.
“This is an extraordinary year with extraordinary exposure. We are at a loss of words and don’t know what the answer is.”
Craig said that it is hard to imagine without actually seeing the huge amounts of cars and groups of people flocking to the area for day visits. She said as a way to give an idea, in her parking lot at the Inn they counted well over 75 cars in their parking lot with over 50 per cent of those being from nonpaying visitors.
She did say that Selwyn’s response was incredibly fast and they immediately put up no parking signs on one side of the Burleigh Rd so that visitors are now only allowed to park their vehicles on one side.
At the June 23 meeting Councilor Donna Ballantine made motion to add a friendly amendment which started “and staff apply the same sense to similar issues that may arise at a future date.”
North Kawartha will be raising the issue at their next council meeting and answered Craig’s letter with a few suggestions such as hiring their own private security. This Craig said she could not afford but would try and make the funds available to see if that helps. Craig was grateful at their response and will be tuning in to their meeting to hear their discussion.
As of Monday before our press time, Craig had not heard back from Trent Lakes.
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by Vanessa Stark
Selwyn Township will temporarily waive any requirement for site plan review and any zoning provisions related to parking supply during this patio season or as otherwise dictated by the Province.
It was discussed at the June 23rd Selwyn council meeting that due to the stage two reopening of the province many restaurants are allowed to open up for patio service only. That means that a lot of local restaurants are looking to either expand existing patios or create new ones in parking lot areas.
Robert Lamarre, Manager of Building and Planning presented council with a report and asked that Council endorse the approach they have taken which is to temporarily waive any requirement for site plan review and any zoning provisions related to parking supply during this patio season or as otherwise dictated by the Province.
In addition the report stated “A business owner may approach the Township with a request to use Township property to accommodate a patio expansion. In an effort to expedite the approval process, I would ask that Council delegate the authority to execute any required agreements related to the use of public lands for patio expansions to the Clerk.”
After Lamarre presented the report, Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis brought up the point of public washrooms stating “I agree with this report but there is a different problem we didn’t expect. I got a call from a local restaurant owner in a panic because he was the only public washroom open in Lakefield it seemed and customers and non-customers were coming into the establishment to use the washrooms. So he was looking for help from the township to open public facilities.”
Mark Irvine, Recreation Facilities Supervisor spoke to this point stating that the Township would be installing their porta potties on Wednesday for use Wednesday evening.
In addition they will also be opening up some of the public facility washrooms such as at the Lakefield beach with the exception of the use of showers.
All other regular portable washrooms will be installed at the usual sites that are currently open with reduced number of porta potties available due to the decrease in usage.
Councillor Anita Locke asked the question, with the porta potties being installed what will be done to clean them and when?
Irvine responded by saying that in accordance with the Peterborough Public Health guidelines the washrooms will be cleaned twice a day seven days a week which will all be done by summer students through the Canada Summer Job Fund and will have no cost to the township.
Council passed the recommendation unanimously.
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by Terry McQuitty
The Township of Douro-Dummer is looking to push forward with the purchase of their own aggregate quarry. At the Tuesday afternoon council meeting, it was brought to council’s attention that the offer to purchase Edwards Pit expires on December 30, 2023 and one of the conditions of purchase is that the township must be able to obtain a quarry license. This license could be in the name of the township or the name of the vendor and transfered to the purchaser upon closing.
Council was informed that there are still a number of studies that need to be completed prior to making the application for the quarry licence. The Aggregate Resource Act, requires that items such as hydrological study, level 2 natural environmental work archaeological study, noise and blast design be completed.
Above and beyond the studies public meetings are mandatory under the Aggregate Resource Act. The report stated that it is imperative that these studies be allowed to proceed as the timeline to acquire the license is ever diminishing.
Council received two delegations regarding Edwards Pit.
Kevin Fitzpatrick from WSP presented a study which was meant to address Cambium’s peer review recommendations, which are as follows:
• Consideration could have been given to advancing more test pits based on the variability of the esker deposits
• It would be preferable for the locations and elevations of the test pits and boreholes to have been surveyed using an RTK or other system that is more accurate and able to provide geodetic elevations
• Gradation testing on a large number of samples from the esker deposit would have been an inexpensive way to provide more detailed information about the volume of useful aggregates in the esker
• Investigation and comments should also have been provided on the Bobcaygeon Formation.
• It is somewhat misleading and unnecessary to compare the gradations of the 1” minus crushed limestone product, which was purposely created from the bedrock cores to allow for other testing, to the gradation envelopes for Granular A, Granular B, etc.
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The summary of results are as follows:
• Unconsolidated Material (Esker)
- Material is suitable for Granular B Type I
• Consolidated Material (Bobcaygeon Formation)
- Results were mixed for use of crushed material in concrete and asphalt
- Freeze-thaw samples passed for pavement, structures, sidewalks and concrete base (OPSS 1002), Superpave (OPSS 1003), and all Classes of Surface Treatment Aggregate (OPSS 1006)
- Micro-deval results met requirements for some of the coarse samples but none of the fine samples
Councillor Tom Watt asked Fitzpatrick if he felt the reserve was good enough and if it would pay off down the road.
Fitzpatrick replied that this is a very long game. The quarry would not pay dividends in the short term, but should pay off 30 or 40 years from now. Fitzpatrick said the property looked quite desirable to him.
Brian Peterkin and Stu Baird from Cambrium also submitted a peer review to council on Tuesday afternoon. Cambrium was contracted by Douro-Dummer to conduct a peer review of the following report submitted by WSP: Supplemental Geotechnical Survey and Testing Report – Part of Lots 14 & 15, Concession 1, Geographic Township of Dummer. This is the second of two peer reviews Cambrium was contracted to complete by Douro-Dummer.
Cambium concluded that the report was thorough, methodology well thought out and met the purpose of the investigation which was to further assess the aggregate resources at this site, which includes both the unconsolidated aggregates located within the Esker and consolidated bedrock, reaching down to and including, the Bobcaygeon bedrock formation.
It was stated that the laboratory testing was, in general, consistent with the needs of the report, however they pointed to a few minor issues that should be addressed.
Considering the variable nature of the two samples of Verulam Formation from the original investigation, discussion with the client is warranted regarding testing of additionally acquired Verulam cores from this recent investigation.
It was recommended that the C.A.O.-2020-31 report, dated June 24, 2020 regarding the Edwards Pit Project be received along with the reports and presentations from WSP and Cambium Inc. and that Council approve the necessary work to acquire a quarry license under the Aggregate Resource Act per the agreement of sale.
Deputy mayor Karl Moher tabled a different resolution. Moher reminded council about the substandard product that had been pulled from the Edwards property and placed on the roads only to turn to muck. Moher suggested that a committee be formed consisting of the mayor, deputy mayor, CAO and manager of public works and report back to council in September.
Counicllor Watts agreed with Moher’s resolution stating a quarry serving the township in to the next century could be great, but the numbers have to work.
Councillor Watt commented that this is big, big stuff and we need to be sure, all of us, before we move forward.
The resolution passed unanimously.
"Unheralded" chronicles a week in the life of "The Lakefield Herald", a local newspaper published in Lakefield, Ontario. Whether writing about dog shows and 100th birthdays, or telling stories of citizen opposition and community loss - local news reporters have a difficult job, especially when the readers are their neighbours. "Unheralded" is an NFB-TVO Calling Card production.