To the Editor,
Prior to voting on Oct. 27, I urge all residents of Scugog to pay particular attention to what is happening at the Greenbank Airport.
We live in Ward 1, and it is not a matter of NIMBY. The airport has been in operation for years without any concerns.
The airport was sold in 2012 and the new owner/owners are expanding the runway. Take a drive out to see what has happened since then.
They have purchased the adjacent former Hill property and we expect it will also require landfill. This could continue for years. Their answer as to why the runways had to be raised so high was “safety of vehicles on highway 47”.
It has become a great concern that lack of Federal and Provincial Legislation has allowed the site to become a landfill.
One of our greatest concerns is the possible contamination of the entire water system in Scugog and beyond. This could impact all of you.
Imagine living near the following:
- 200 (waiting for approval to increase this to 400) trucks travelling past your home six days a week for 10 to 12 hours a day
- soil piled so high (50 to 70 feet), that it blocks your beautiful view
- noise from tailgates slamming throughout the day
- your home, including the lawn covered in dust
- your vehicle getting covered in dust and mud as you travel the road
- careless truck drivers who frequently do not obey the stop signs
- vegetation and wildlife disappearing
In addition, the above will probably have an effect on our property values. Who would buy a home near an operation such as this?
This is what is happening in our area.
Your Ward may be the next, because this is a lucrative operation for the township.
At your all candidate meetings, please ask your candidates their position on these projects.
In cooperation with the airport, protocols have been put in place. However, many of them are being ignored. It appears the current council cannot or will not enforce these rules with consequences.
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) does not routinely monitor fill operations in aerodromes/airports. It is up to our municipality to do much more testing than it has done.
The current council and mayor say their hands are tied by lack of Federal and Provincial regulations. They are quick to say that they are leading the Ontario Municipalities in the fill industry. The question is, Is this where Scugog residents want to be lead?
Ray and Liz Perry
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