E-C Mayor Sayeau puts forward request to halt ED19 sale
SPENCERVILLE- Reacting to a response from close to 400 Edwardsburgh-Cardinal residents who packed into Spencerville's Drummond Building Thursday night to protest the proposed landfill site, E-C Mayor Pat Sayeau has put forth a request to the United Counties to halt the sale of ED19.
The meeting, hosted by the United Counties, saw an endless line of taxpayers take to the microphone to show their disapproval for the potential impact to the environment, property values and the social impact of opening a private landfill within the township.
Many of the comments criticized Sayeau for his (and two other councillor's) lack of support for a motion, put forward by Ward 2 Councillor Michael Barrett at an earlier meeting, requesting council's support of halting the sale of the proposed land.
Displaying a new stance on the issue, Mayor Sayeau sent the following request to County Council early on Friday morning.
T0: Andy Brown, CAO United Counties and to Leslie Todd, County Clerk
Please accept this email as my intent to put forward the following Notice of Motion at the County Council Meeting of Thursday, February 23, as an addition to the agenda that has already been prepared and circulated.
Provided that the Counties Procedural By-Law permits, I am asking that the motion be dealt with at the February 23 meeting and I will be seeking a seconder to the motion at that time, and a recorded weighted vote (if applicable to this matter). Please circulate this request electronically to the Warden and other members of the Council.
Moved by Sayeau - Seconded by...................................
WHEREAS; The United Counties held a facilitated public meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Drummond Building in Spencerville at which the CAO presented the background upon which the ED19 site was identified and the Provisional Certificate of Approval (COA) was issued in June 1998, and,
WHEREAS; Officials of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Kingston office, were also present and joined the CAO in responding to questions concerning the terms and conditions of the COA, and,
WHEREAS; some 300 -400 residents present clearly expressed their opposition to any future development of the ED19 Waste Disposal site or any other waste disposal site within the township,
THEREFORE; Be it resolved that Council of the United Counties hereby instructs and directs the CAO to terminate any discussions or negotiations with any existing or potential purchaser of the ED19 lands, and further,
THAT; The lands known as ED19 be set aside as green space within the township, and further,
THAT; The United Counties petition the Province of Ontario to cancel the existing Provisional Certificate of Approval associated with the ED19 site lands.
Look in the February 22 issue of the Prescott Journal for complete coverage on Thursday's meeting in Spencerville.