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Clean-up of public lands in Trent Lakes
June 16, 2017
BY TERRY GILLIS
At the June 6 Council meeting in Trent Lakes, Clerk Kari Stevenson presented Council with a report on the clean-up of public lands.
At the May 16 Council meeting, the Public Works department gave a verbal report to Council outlining the requests from various groups regarding the clean-up of public lands in the municipality. As an example, Kawartha Land Trust requested multiple landfill cards or some kind of arrangement wherein volunteers cleaning up the lands would not be required to pay for waste disposal out of their own pockets.
At that May 16 meeting, Council directed staff to bring back the clean-up of public land discussion. Staff then contacted the Peterborough County Waste
Management staff had also contacted other municipalities in Peterborough County to see if anyone has a policy or a program in this regard. Staff were unsuccessful in obtaining any policy or procedure from another municipality, only information that they also receive these types of requests with no solution.
A telephone discussion with County Waste Management staff confirmed staffs’ concerns about permitting individuals/groups to clean up lands that are not owned by the Municipality. If the lands are privately owned, ie. Boyd Island, open areas on plans of subdivision, etc., the Municipality would be allowing the disposal of waste for free and ultimately taking a step backwards into the past with the free tip day.
In her report Clerk Stevenson stated that, as discussed with the other municipalities, there are unique situations and circumstances wherein a clean-up is beneficial to the Municipality. Council stated that they do not want to deter volunteerism and appreciates its volunteers and their acts of kindness. Staff is therefore recommending that Council provide a resolution in a form that would delegate staff to make a decision on a case-by-case basis wherein staff could obtain the following information and provide the individual/group with a onetime waste disposal pass:
- Where is the land and who owns it;
- when will the clean-up take place;
- how many volunteers will there be;
- what safety precautions will be used;
- the estimated amount and type of refuse;
- what transfer station will they be using.
In the report it was also noted that the requirements will be the same as they are for everyone else; garbage in clear bags and all recycling properly sorted.
The pass would be for a onetime use and would be a “certificate” signed and dated by staff to be presented to the Transfer Station attendant.
Council unanimously supported the Clerk’s recommendations.