‘Misinformation’ spreading over dump site; public meeting in new year

BROCKVILLE – The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville plans to hold a public meeting in the new year to dispel “lots of misinformation circulating” about the possible sale of a future dump site in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal.

The 165 acre site, known as ED-19, is at the west end of Byers Road and 35 acres has a footprint for a landfill. When developed, the site could hold 1.56 million cubic meters of trash – roughly 25 years of site life.

The county also purchased a large portion of adjacent lands to the site, though another 100 acres in the vicinity are held by private landowners.

County CAO Andy Brown told council Thursday that the public meeting will allow the upper-tier government to ensure correct information and facts are provided and the public can comment on the planned sale.

Site ED-19 was approved for a dump site in 1998 and went through an extensive public process, the county said.

For many years, the county couldn’t justify developing the site because the cost to ratepayers to cover its operation was prohibitive.

After striking a deal to ship trash to Moose Creek, Ont., the county also received an expression of interest to purchase and develop ED-19 from R.W. Tomlinson Limited.

With that deal in the works and the confidential nature of the talks, this has led to rumours and the “misinformation” the county is acting on today, by calling a public meeting.

A date has not been set for the meeting in the new year.

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