Kawartha Lakes key aggregate supplier as GTA grows up and out
Association CEO addresses council
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.