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Rail line purchase plan continues to progress at county level

Date of leak into sewer system critical to establishing liability Continued from page 3 Carleton Place’s only dry cleaning operation, Carleton Cleaners, is located at 27 Bridge St., less than 50 metres west of 7 Beckwith St. Carleton Cleaners was founded more than 60 years ago, and is now owned by Mike Kelley. It’s believed the perc in the ground arrived there before Kelley purchased the business. Even if the perc in neighbouring soil is found to have leached there long before Kelley bought the business, it’s possible that he could face some liability for cleanup costs. Kelley did not return repeated requests for comment on the perc contamination near the store. Dave Hicks, who owns buildings nearby at 17 and 19 Bridge St., said he hasn’t been contacted by the town about soil contamination. His properties are directly south of Carleton Cleaners, and Hicks said he understands the water table flows eastwards in the area. The owner of the Snowhite Coinwash, at the corner of Lake and Beckwith, declined to comment on the town’s planned purchase of his building, which contains the coin wash and E2 Hair Design. He instead referred inquiries to the town.

Lanark County to CP Rail: we’re interested GEOFF DAVIES

jointly with Renfrew County, which is interested in acquiring the North Bay subdivision. “The next step is to wait and see,” said Lanark County is officially interested in buying part of the Ottawa Valley Rail Mousseau. “The two counties need to get together Line. On Feb. 2, councillors passed a motion and come up with a plan of where to go to send Canadian Pacific Rail a letter say- from here.” She said this is a “very, very prelimiing the county wants “first refusal rights” nary” step towards on the Chalk River subbuying the rail line, and division: roughly 160 the county has not comkilometres of rail bed, mitted to any purchase trestles and bridges “The two counties at all. She expects that stretching between further progress on Smiths Falls and Petneed to get together this matter won’t come awawa. and come up with a until the fall. “It’s just simply to While an estimated stop the clock, if you plan of where to go $50-million price tag will, to give us an opporhas been put on the rail tunity to put together a from here. ” line, Mousseau said plan for down the road so that the opportunity Sharon Mousseau that figure is for the intact, operational railfor a tourism trail isn’t way, not the property lost,” said county Waralone. She emphasized den Sharon Mousseau. the county is only inWhile CP Rail had set a Feb. 5 deadline for proposals from terested in buying the bed, trestles and interested buyers, the rail company has bridges for the purpose of a recreational indicated a willingness to give Lanark trail. “The rails are coming out; that train County first dibs on the infrastructure before tearing it down or selling to another has left the station,” she said. As for the county’s request: “The ball’s party, Mousseau said. The letter to CP Rail is to be written in CP Rail’s court.” geoff.davies@metroland.com

PLUME UNDERGROUND According to a source familiar with the raw data in the groundwater report prior to its finalization, the perc has formed a plume in the soil that continues to grow and move, reaching as far east as the former Canadian Tire property. The same person, who asked not to be identified, said the former Canadian Tire lot was found to contain contamination

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NO BUILDINGS Due to the presence of heavy metals and the approaching plume of perc, the town is limited in the possible uses for the site. Residential and business structures can’t be built without removal of most or all of the soil. The town has already decided to use the southern portion of the 7 Beckwith St. property for a farmers market and parking, which can probably go ahead with only some soil removal. Budget documents previously published show the town has estimated site cleanup will cost $1.5 million. The town will put the northern portion of the property up for sale, with the possibility of reidential or commercial uses. This indicates the northern portion is not affected by the perc. Even after some soil is removed in the area, the contamination below the town will need to be monitored for years to come, and more properties may be affected if the plume continues to spread. Canadian Tire’s head office did not return repeated requests for comment on the contamination found at 7 Beckwith St. It should be noted that the owner of the current Canadian Tire on McNeely Avenue was never the owner of the Beckwith store. Visit www.yourottawaregion.com for updates on this story. If the town releases the complete groundwater monitoring report, details will be made available on the website.

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