Trent Lakes wants Buckhorn quarry fenced
by Jaclyn Witherly
Decisions have been made in regards to the quarry, off of Melody Bay Road, owned by Jeff Chesher of Buckhorn Sand and Gravel.
Chesher made a presentation at the August 6, Trent Lakes council meeting regarding the fee he was administered for building a U-storage facility.
When he built the storage units he did not have the proper building permit that is required. He was fined $3,400, on top of the $3,400 he already had to pay for his building fee.
With the development charge both county and municipal, his total would come to $10,532.95, in fees alone. After much discussion at the council meeting on Tuesday, September 3, the decision was made to waive his penalty fee.
Another issue was also raised by Chesher at the last council meeting and it was brought to attention again. He would like a gate, which is currently located on the municipal road allowance, along Melody Bay Road, to be left where it is, rather than be removed.
The Ministry of Natural Resources was contacted to determine if it approved of the gate staying where it is, with the final decision still resting with council.
Paul Cutmore of the MNR responded stating that as the gate is presently located, it is doing its job of cutting off public access to the quarry.
Quarries can become very dangerous if not properly blocked off; people travelling on trails and operating ATVs are at particular risk. There is heavy equipment and sudden vertical faces into which someone could fall.
“If control of the road allowances is not given to the quarries and the gates are located at the entrances off the road allowances, then miles of fencing will be required,” Cutmore explained. “Fences constructed on bedrock are very expensive.”
Mayor Janet Clarkson mentioned, that because of the quarry’s location it is only quarry operators who go on that property, and the gate should be left where it is, however the rest of council disagreed.
Council decided because of the dangerous factor to the public, the gate would have to be removed and the whole quarry will have to be fenced off.
Jeff Chesher was not present at the meeting to give his comment on the two decisions.
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