October 5, 2004
Valley Voices • •
SVA reduced the size of the extraction area. Excluded is the area to the NE side of a forested gravel SE/NW esker which roughly follows the 202 metre elevation. Exclusion area to be treed before mining starts. Mining will occur from south to north so the pit face faces south. This makes the scar somewhat less in your face, but more in someone else's face. A concealing berm would have to be very high to be effective and was ruled impractical.
SVA's area to be rezoned Rural to M3-H but rezoning won't pass until more public discussion. MNR won't accept a phased removal of the holding designation. The Mayor was afraid to rezone the site before restrictions in the development agreement (DA) were met. Council will treat rezoning and restrictions concurrently so that the H can't be removed until all conditions are satisfied.
A/H conditions can't overrule MNR's position. MNR sets hours of operation. Once tech standards are met, school bus operations do not appear to enter into the MNR's thinking. MNR pit site plans trump all other considerations.
Cramahe must play a part in deciding on the restrictions.
SVA will provide a three-dimensional mock-up of the site.
From the SVA rep; "We want to be good corporate citizens, to make some money, and to contribute to the community." Oxymoronic?
By Oct 27 Council wants a Draft Bylaw and a Draft DA. Nov 17 is the tentative date for finality. It wasn't clear if the DDA is to be made public. Dates should be confirmed.
Route H > G, Option #6, was agreed as the preferred haul route. SVA won't sign a right-of-way agreement with Mr. Corcoran until Council gives SVA direction. Turk Road East as a finished public road? As a private SVA road? Still not clearly agreed. Council reiterated; NO truck traffic on Turk Road West.
"I'm so tired I could sleep on a clothesline." From a Councillor. A valley expression?
There will be another EA after agreement has been arrived at. A mid-winter environmental study would be somewhat restricted in scope.
The Mayor reacted testily when SVA started into its
"We have investors ........" routine.
Valley Voices Board of Directors,
Carol Hanley, President, 344.5947
Chuck Shook, Vice-President, 344.7551
Faithe Frew, Secretary, 349.2154
Margaret Jansen, Treasurer, 344.7304, FAX 344.7509
Cindy Anthony, 344.5011
Bob Garthson, 349.3807
We need another director.
Contact Carol for info about this interesting, challenging and satisfying position.
Shelter Valley Folk Festival: Your BoD decided it would be prudent to be a Charter Reserve Sponsor of the SVFF. $250.00 gets us 3 years of recognition in the program, on the website, at the festival and in the local newspapers. V
alley Voices' multi-purpose notecards/envelopes are 5 for $7.50.
Ideal as hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, appreciations.
The Valley Voices CD and cards are available from
Doug Frew, 349.2154, or Carol Hanley, 344.5947.
Halloween Dance: A Masquerade Dance, October 30, 8:00pm to 1:00am, with contests, prizes, cash bar and late night buffet, for $20.00 per person,
at Colborne's Keeler Centre.
Communication: Bev has offered to format a door-to-door newsletter. We now have four ways of communicating with the membership: Bev's newsletter; Doug's email newsletter; Kathie's website; and Ma Bell.
Remember - you are the Valley's strength. Stay Involved! Our BoD can't work effectively on our behalf without our support.