July 12, 2017
Council this Week | Highlights from the July 12th County Council agenda
High speed rail, excess soil regulation, and construction and demolition material diversion
Ontario’s proposed high speed rail
County Council will be asked to support the initiation of an Environmental Assessment process to consider the development of high speed rail in Ontario concurrent with the Province of Ontario leading a multi-stakeholder process to develop an Integrated Public Transportation Master Plan for Southwestern Ontario. Oxford County believes the master plan should include a strategy to cultivate public transportation ridership, and establish a feeder system in advance of any high speed rail implementation. In addition, it will be recommended that Council identify an expectation that the Environmental Assessment will address all concerns that a significant barrier such as a high speed rail corridor can create within rural communities and the associated impacts to the agricultural industry that can result.
Read Council report CAO 2017-09 – Ontario’s Proposed High Speed Rail (HSR)
Regulating excess soil movement in Oxford County
Annually, thousands of trucks move excess soils around the province with little tracking and monitoring, while emitting greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. Information regarding the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s proposed Excess Soil Regulatory Proposal and its proposal of a new regulation related to the management of excess soils in Ontario will be shared with County Council on July 12. The proposed regulation would define excess soils and regulate their removal, reuse and disposal if required with the goal of protecting human health and the environment.
Read Council report PW 2017-36 – Excess Soil Management Regulatory Proposal
Contract extension to recycle mixed construction and demolition materials
County Council will be asked to approve a five-year contract extension with Try Recycling Inc., of London to divert construction and demolition materials collected at the Waste Management facility in Salford. Try Recycling Inc., is currently the only contractor in the area capable of recycling mixed construction and demolition materials, including glass, shingles and drywall. This service reduces the amount of construction waste deposited at the Salford facility, and makes a positive contribution to Oxford County’s Zero Waste Plan. Processing costs are recovered from onsite tipping fees for the disposal of construction and demolition materials.
Read Council report PW 2017-37 – Construction and Demolition Material Diversion Contract Extension TRY Recycling Inc.
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