Correction: The August 14 issue of the Leader incorrectly identified Joe Groeneveld as the Dixon's Corners youth director. He is in fact the Williamsburg youth pastor. Dan Ponsen is the Dixon's youth director. We apologize for the error.
A sewer use bylaw for South Dundas is in the works.
“This could be a very significant document,” said Todd Grant of AECOM who is working on drafting the document that aims to protect the sewer collection system from extraneous inflow by providing legal grounds for the elimination of improper connections.
An example of an improper connection would be a sump pump connection into the sanitary sewer system.
These types of connections are believed to exist within the villages of South Dundas, and may be partially to blame for the extreme amounts of water that have overtaxed the waste water treatment plants during large rainfall events in the past.
Many municipalities already have sewer use bylaws in place.
Grant explained to South Dundas council at the October 15 meeting that this document members of council are presently reviewing is not re-inventing the wheel.
The current draft of the bylaw is similar to that of six municipalities much like South Dundas.
Protecting the sewer collection system from corrosion, damage and obstruction, and protecting the wastewater treatment process from upset are the primary objectives of the bylaw.
According to Grant, having this bylaw in place has the potential to improve the operational efficiency of the wastewater treatment plants by improving the influent quality and reducing influent inflows.
The draft document has been circulated to council for comment.
It too will undergo a legal review before being presented to the public for input. After the public consultation process the document will require council acceptance before it becomes law.
While the implementation of this bylaw has no financial implications for the municipality, this bylaw could be costly for some homeowners, where illegal connections do exist. They would be on the hook for costs associated with eliminating those illegal connections.
On June 26th, at the South Dundas council meeting, councillor Jim Graham introduced an issue with lighting at the ball diamonds in Riverside Heights.
According to Graham, there are some lights that are not working and others that require the safety glass surrounding the bulbs.
“There’s a major ball tournament coming up in the next week or so and it would be nice if lights were working,” he said.
Graham reminded council that Riverside Heights was meant to receive a transfer of lights from the Brinston ball diamonds. This, he said, hasn’t happened yet.
Deputy-mayor Jim Locke agreed, saying that “it’s been promised and promised.”
The matter was referred to the parks and recreation department.
SD&G OPP officers are currently at the scene of a vehicle fire that occurred on August 21st, 2014 at approximately 12:15am on Highway 401, eastbound lanes, South Stormont Township. Investigation indicates a tractor-trailer unit caught fire due to mechanical reasons.
Fire Department is on scene and a section of Highway 401, eastbound lanes (only) is closed to traffic between Dickinson Drive (Ingleside) exit and Moulinette Road (Long Sault) exit. Traffic is being re-routed via Emergency Detour Routes (EDR). The closure is expected to remain in effect for several hours as emergency personnel tend to the scene.
The 36 year old male driver (from Etobicoke, Ontario) was not injured. The vehicle was carrying non-hazardous products (dog food).
The 401 was re-opened around 10 a.m.