Approval was given despite:
The missing money from Strada -tonnage fees to be paid on amounts shipped do not correspond with the money received by Melancthon-has not been resolved (working on it assured the Mayor)
No rehabilitation required to be deposited with the Township by Strada to protect ratepayers from the cost of rehabilitation (not necessary assured the Mayor)
At maximum capacity, this will permit up to 72 trucks an hour (according to the Township solicitor)
When the vote came in a sly smile spread across the Highlands representative at the meeting. Do you think he realizes, like the ratepayers at that meeting did, that Council has set a precedent in not requiring a deposit for rehabilitation?
This despite a recent OMB ruling that stated: The Board finds that no public authority, not the Province, the Region, the Town, nor the CVC should ever find itself responsible for the costs of mitigation measures for the proposed quarry. Entire decision here:
The Mayor of Melancthon however assured ratepayers at the meeting that if Strada disappears, dissolves their company which is the simple filing of a paper, and not rehabilitate the site, Melancthon will rehabilitate it-AT THE EXPENSE OF THE RATEPAYERS, but we should just calm down because when they sell it Melancthon will recoup their expense.
He even took issue with ratepayers saying they lived on the haul route and were experiencing dust, loss of value of their principle residence and noise. In fact his statement was "IF that is true".......
And quite frankly, any councillor that sat around that table last night and didn't speak up in opposition to what he was saying-"no problem, the taxpayers will pay if we have to and get their money back when it is sold"- is included in that exclusive Club reserved for the Mayor.
The ratepayers didn't even bother to point out that what most aggregate operations do is leave 10% of the pit unquarried and then say that they are not done with it and leave it for years and years and years (because leaving 10% is cheaper than rehabilitation) and do not even have to go bankrupt.
Why didn't they point it out. WTF is the use?