Species at risk study set for ‘surplus’ land

On April 3rd, South Dundas council approved clerk Brenda Brunt’s recommendation “that council authorize Bowfin Environmental Consulting to proceed with a species at risk assessment for the vacant land on County Road 8.”

The recommendation follows closely on the heels of the previous meeting when South Dundas council approved the recommendation to declare the 397.31 acres of land opposite the Williamsburg Disposal Site on Church Road as surplus land.

As previously reported, because the property is currently zoned as Rural Special Exception 22 & 27 as well as Wetlands, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has set out a list of conditions that must be met before the land can be sold. 

Included in this list of conditions is a species at risk inventory for which Brunt has already begun the process.

She told council last Tuesday, “I’d sent out the requests to three contractors and only received one back. I’m asking council for permission to sole source this.”

 “The time line is tight. MNR  thinks it’ll take between three to six months,” she continued.

Brunt reminded council that “Bowfin has been used previously in the township in the Industrial Park in Morrisburg.”

Deputy-mayor Jim Locke and councillor Jim Graham were both concerned with the cost of the project, but Brunt assured them that “we’ll try to save every cent that we can.”

She reported that “the upset limit of the project is $10,705 plus HST. The cost of the project will be expensed against the proceeds of the sale.”

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