Kawartha Lakes key ag­gre­gate sup­plier as GTA grows up and out

As­so­ci­a­tion CEO ad­dresses coun­cil

The Lindsay Post - - LOCAL NEWS - LISA GERVAIS Lind­say Post Re­porter lisa.gervais@sun­media.ca

The City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) is be­com­ing an even greater player in On­tario's in­fra­struc­ture rush, the pres­i­dent and CEO of the On­tario Stone, Sand and Gravel As­so­ci­a­tion told a meet­ing of the ag­gre­gate sec­ondary plan com­mit­tee in Lind­say on Tues­day.

Moreen Miller said the sup­ply of high qual­ity con­crete stone in On­tario is dwin­dling and that the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources ( MNR) SAROS re­port of June 2010 iden­ti­fied that there was just 10 years of li­cenced sup­ply in the Greater Toronto Area ( GTA). She said the CKL has been iden­ti­fied as a sup­plier as the GTA grows up and out.

She noted the city is al­ready one of the top pro­duc­ers in the province. To that end, she showed a graph in­di­cat­ing the city's pro­duc­tion as hav­ing "no crazy ups and downs, pretty steady pro­duc­tion."

With that has come an im­pact on re­gional and lo­cal roads used as haul routes, she con­ceded, espe­cially with the pro­vin­cial down­load­ing of roads on to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

She con­ceded that the in­dus­try had to in­crease its ag­gre­gate levy, cur­rently pay­ing 7.5 cents per tonne to the CKL out of its 11.5 cent levy. She would not re­veal a cur­rent fig­ure say­ing "I don't think it's a buck but some­where in be­tween."

In a Fe­bru­ary in­ter­view, Mayor Ric McGee tar­geted $1 per tonne as a tar­get

He said the city re­ceives about $ 350,000 an­nu­ally in ag­gre­gate roy­al­ties but said trucks are do­ing $ 5 mil­lion worth of dam­age ev­ery year to the city's roads and bridges. McGee noted that in the 1990s, the province down­loaded about 235 km of roads and nu­mer­ous bridges to the city, many of them haul routes.

The city is one of the top 10 ag­gre- gate pro­duc­ers in the province, ac­count­ing for 4.6 mil­lion tonnes or 3.2% of the 143 mil­lion tonnes of ag­gre­gate ex­tracted from On­tario pits and quar­ries dur­ing 2011, with the vast ma­jor­ity ex­ported to the GTA.

Miller noted that the province's Ag­gre­gate Re­sources Act re­view is cur­rently un­der­way and she ex­pects a re­port in Septem­ber.

On the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion end, she said some 19 sites had been re­me­di­ated in the CKL, with 40% now listed as nat­u­ral and 21% res­i­den­tial. She said there was a big push by the in­dus­try for use of re­cy­cled ma­te­rial as well.

She also noted that a wa­ter study on cu­mu­la­tive im­pacts of quar­ries on the Car­den Plain was cur­rently un­der­way.

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