Concerned Citizens of Brant protest proposed Paris gravel pit

News Sep 25, 2013 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Lori Hutty doesn’t want her slice of heaven ruined for corporate gain.

“I’m worried about the noise, the water supply and the truck traffic that will be going down my street,” she said.

Hutty was one of about 60 Concerned Citizens of Brant members who staged a protest in front of the County of Brant municipal building in Paris Tuesday night. The protest was to let council know they don’t want Dufferin Aggregates to set up shop in their backyard and they don’t want the county to pay for road maintenance on the company’s behalf.

Hutty lives on Watts Pond Road – across the street from the proposed Dufferin Aggregates site.

“I’m really worried they may contaminate the (water) line or even just the runoff might contaminate the ground water,” she said. “It’s a big worry.”

She tried to sell her house last year so she wouldn’t have to worry about her health or sanity.

“We didn’t even get a nibble – that’s how much just the prospect of this has brought property values down,” she said.

CCOB member Loius Van Hout gave a delegation to council urging them not to accept Dufferin’s proposal to rebuild the road.

Dufferin Aggregates is required to pave Watts Pond Road from the proposed pit’s entrance to Pinehurst Road as part of its pit license, granted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in 1974. The company says it’s willing to completely reconstruct the road.

But Van Hout said taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for many years.

“They say nothing about maintaining the road annually or every five years. The taxpayers will have to pay that,” he said.

Dufferin Aggregates has offered to supply the County of Brant with $1.5 million in aggregate material over a 10-year period for upgrades to Watts Pond Road in the area of its proposed gravel pit north of Paris.

Mayor Ron Eddy said he appreciated the concern of the citizens, but there is not much the county can do about it.

“We live on provincial legislation and we have to abide by it,” he said. “Any petition requests going forward should be directed to the appropriate committee and the Minister of Natural Resources."

Concerned Citizens of Brant protest proposed Paris gravel pit

News Sep 25, 2013 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Lori Hutty doesn’t want her slice of heaven ruined for corporate gain.

“I’m worried about the noise, the water supply and the truck traffic that will be going down my street,” she said.

Hutty was one of about 60 Concerned Citizens of Brant members who staged a protest in front of the County of Brant municipal building in Paris Tuesday night. The protest was to let council know they don’t want Dufferin Aggregates to set up shop in their backyard and they don’t want the county to pay for road maintenance on the company’s behalf.

Hutty lives on Watts Pond Road – across the street from the proposed Dufferin Aggregates site.

“I’m really worried they may contaminate the (water) line or even just the runoff might contaminate the ground water,” she said. “It’s a big worry.”

She tried to sell her house last year so she wouldn’t have to worry about her health or sanity.

“We didn’t even get a nibble – that’s how much just the prospect of this has brought property values down,” she said.

CCOB member Loius Van Hout gave a delegation to council urging them not to accept Dufferin’s proposal to rebuild the road.

Dufferin Aggregates is required to pave Watts Pond Road from the proposed pit’s entrance to Pinehurst Road as part of its pit license, granted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in 1974. The company says it’s willing to completely reconstruct the road.

But Van Hout said taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for many years.

“They say nothing about maintaining the road annually or every five years. The taxpayers will have to pay that,” he said.

Dufferin Aggregates has offered to supply the County of Brant with $1.5 million in aggregate material over a 10-year period for upgrades to Watts Pond Road in the area of its proposed gravel pit north of Paris.

Mayor Ron Eddy said he appreciated the concern of the citizens, but there is not much the county can do about it.

“We live on provincial legislation and we have to abide by it,” he said. “Any petition requests going forward should be directed to the appropriate committee and the Minister of Natural Resources."

Concerned Citizens of Brant protest proposed Paris gravel pit

News Sep 25, 2013 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Lori Hutty doesn’t want her slice of heaven ruined for corporate gain.

“I’m worried about the noise, the water supply and the truck traffic that will be going down my street,” she said.

Hutty was one of about 60 Concerned Citizens of Brant members who staged a protest in front of the County of Brant municipal building in Paris Tuesday night. The protest was to let council know they don’t want Dufferin Aggregates to set up shop in their backyard and they don’t want the county to pay for road maintenance on the company’s behalf.

Hutty lives on Watts Pond Road – across the street from the proposed Dufferin Aggregates site.

“I’m really worried they may contaminate the (water) line or even just the runoff might contaminate the ground water,” she said. “It’s a big worry.”

She tried to sell her house last year so she wouldn’t have to worry about her health or sanity.

“We didn’t even get a nibble – that’s how much just the prospect of this has brought property values down,” she said.

CCOB member Loius Van Hout gave a delegation to council urging them not to accept Dufferin’s proposal to rebuild the road.

Dufferin Aggregates is required to pave Watts Pond Road from the proposed pit’s entrance to Pinehurst Road as part of its pit license, granted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in 1974. The company says it’s willing to completely reconstruct the road.

But Van Hout said taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for many years.

“They say nothing about maintaining the road annually or every five years. The taxpayers will have to pay that,” he said.

Dufferin Aggregates has offered to supply the County of Brant with $1.5 million in aggregate material over a 10-year period for upgrades to Watts Pond Road in the area of its proposed gravel pit north of Paris.

Mayor Ron Eddy said he appreciated the concern of the citizens, but there is not much the county can do about it.

“We live on provincial legislation and we have to abide by it,” he said. “Any petition requests going forward should be directed to the appropriate committee and the Minister of Natural Resources."