Although the final report proposing to install a large subsurface disposal system on the existing wastewater treatment plant site was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in late December, there is a mandatory 30 day period where the public can appeal to the Ministry to not support the application. January 30 was the end of the appeal period and the Village received confirmation from the Ministry yesterday that there were no appeals and we can proceed.
Congratulations to the team from AECOM and the Village’s Technical Support Committee for completing the very thorough and often challenging environmental assessment in 8 months!
The next step is to hire an engineering firm to do the detailed design for the subsurface disposal system. Our Engineer, Leslie Whiteman, is preparing those documents and the Village hopes to get the RFPs out by the end of next week.
We are anxiously awaiting word from the Provincial Government that we have been awarded another OCIF grant, which would assist getting the new system installed this year.
Hauling will continue until the end of next week and by that time it is expected that 10,000 m3 will have been removed from the lagoons. The spring weather is lovely for many, but has drastically reduced the capability to process at the plant.
If you have any questions, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me at 613-273-9195.