In 2015, the Village and Clerk were each charged in 2015 with 2 counts in relation to the operation of the waste water treatment plant in the winter season of 2013/2014. Today, the Village pled guilty to one charge, failing to properly operate and maintain the sewage treatment plant. All other charges against the Village and Clerk were withdrawn.
Condition 6.1 of the ECA (certificate that authorizes use of waste water treatment plant) requires the Village to ensure that the sewage treatment plant and related equipment is properly operated and maintained, which is defined to include effective performance, adequate operator staffing and training.
Part of the evidence, agreed to by both the Crown Prosecutor and Village, read at court was, “The Village did not produce enough snowfluent in the 2013/14 season, demonstrating a lack of effective performance of the system. After the former operator was terminated, the Town hired another operator in early 2014. No back up operator was hired. The new operator had a pre-planned vacation prior to being hired and was therefore not available for two weeks in February, prime snowfluent generation season, and as a result, no snowfluent was produced during that period.”
Mayor and Council felt that it was in the best interest of the Village to accept the option to plead to this one charge and turn the page on that part of our history. The fine is $10,000 and the Village has 12 months to pay. The fine would have been substantially more if the Prosecutor hadn’t taken into consideration that the Village is replacing the aging system in 2017.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me at 613-273-9195.