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Kemp Road Fill

Kemp Road Fill

There are different agencies involved in this issue, each with their own role: Town of Grimsby, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Transportation and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

Staff have been doing regular visits to the site to ensure that it is clean fill being brought into the property.  Originally it looked as though concrete and asphalt were in the fill.  However, when a staff person went onsite to investigate they found that what looked like concrete and asphalt was actually something like shale or compressed dirt that crumbled under pressure.  The MOE has been contacted and have been onsite more than once.  We haven’t heard back regarding their investigation yet, however.  MTO has been enforcing the load restrictions and have weighed some of the vehicles, which have been in compliance.  NPCA has been onsite and reported back the following (actual addresses have been removed):

Property #1

             Large quantities of fill are being placed on the property

             No NPCA Regulated Features on the property

             NPCA has forwarded concerns over quality of the fill to the MOECC field officer

             No further action currently required by the NPCA

Property #2

             NPCA Regulated Features are present on the property

             NPCA contacted homeowner and was granted access to the site

             There was no active filling being completed within NPCA Regulated Features

             Homeowner was educated to contact NPCA in the future for any works they are considering on the property

             No further action currently required by the NPCA

Property #3

             NPCA Regulated Features are present on the property

             NPCA contacted homeowner and was granted access to the site

             Active filling is occurring on the site to accommodate a potential single family home

             Fill placement is within 15m of a watercourse and is regulated by the NPCA

             The placement of the fill is something the NPCA can permit and we will be working with the homeowner to submit an application for the placement of the fill to bring the property into compliance.

             No further action once property is in compliance

Property #4

             NPCA Regulated Features are present on the property

             NPCA did not see any evidence of fill placement on this property

             NPCA did notice some grading work within the Town road allowance that may be impacting drainage

             No further action currently required by the NPCA

We have copies of the results of the soil samples that were taken, along with a cover letter.  It also includes the site that the soil is being transported from.  Here’s a summary of that information:

Soil samples were taken from six test pits.  Analysis of the soil was tested against standard parameters as per Ontario Regulation 153/04 for importation of fill material from another location.  Electrical conductivity (EC) was detected at concentrations of 2.13 mS/cm, 2.31 mS/cm and 0.775 mS/cm in TP1, TP2 and TP3, respectively, above the MOECC Tables 1, 2 and 3 Standards of .57 mS/cm, .7 mS/cm and .7 mS/cm, respectively.  Elevated EC concentrations are likely attributed to use of salt for winter de-icing.  All the remaining tested parameters met the MOECC Table 1 Standards.

We’re waiting on the MOE to provide their information (they will have already been aware of these soil samples).

We’re also working on a new Site Excavation By-Law (a fill By-Law if you will).  Staff hope to have this ready for consideration at the next committee meeting (Planning / Development Committee), which will be the first committee meeting since this issue began.


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