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Residents’ dumping concerns fall on deaf ears By Mike Williscraft NewsNow While some residents in the area of Kemp and Mountain roads in Grimsby want an immediate halt to the deluge of fill dumping underway, it would seem an intervention is not forthcoming.
Mike Blanchette, who lives at the corner of Mountain and Kemp said he had enough weeks ago. “There have been a ton of issues, aside from the dust and noise. Today (Monday) I have had a Bobcat stuck in the middle of
the road at the end of my laneway. They can’t figure out how to get it going,” said Blanchette. “Saturday morning it took me 20 minutes to get onto Mountain Road because of the line up of dump trucks, so, yes, it has not been good.”
He said he called town hall twice and left voicemails. Neither call was returned. “I can’t see that they would be that busy,” said Blanchette. He said the difference in this occurance and an issue he had recently with the town
regarding a pool in his backyard has been stark. “They hounded me about not having the pool gated. They were all over us. They even had (someone) come and peak over our fence to see if we had water in the pool.
We have never put any water in the pool, but that is beside the point,” said Blanchette. “Right now, they have hundreds and hundreds of dump trucks dumping who knows what in a sensitive environment.” See DUMP, Page 2
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From Page 1 “Nobody is thinking of the outcome here,” added Blanchette, who has live in his current home since 2001. Last week, Grimsby CAO Derik Brandt was contacted to provide the Town’s position and background on what bylaws in place could allow officials to do. He said the Town had no bylaw in place to enforce any controls over the Kemp Road situation, but staff had set about researching other municipality’s bylaws to prepare something for the future. Monday, Mayor Bentley said little could be done at this time. “Staff have been monitoring the situation and have been on site multiple times, NPCA has also investigated, testing has been done and no con-
taminates have been found to date but we continue to monitor the situation,” said Bentley in an email. “Ministry of Energy and Climate Change has also been engaged to review the process. No violations to our current policies have been found but we are currently looking to strengthen our current bylaws with a new ‘fill ‘ bylaw shortly.” For Joseph Majetic, who is just a few doors down Kemp, “shortly” is not quick enough. Aside from the core issue at hand here, he too, wonders about the Town’s priorities. Majetic said he has called the Town about the ditch which has been filled in near his property to the point water is now backed up for a long stretch. “I told Bentley about it. He didn’t seem to care. Heck, everybody
is upset up here about the trucks and dumping but there seems to be different rules for up here,” said Majetic, citing long-term, ongoing dumping which has been going on at a Woolverton Road site for about three years. Blanchette said not only does the Town not seem to be concerned about the impact of the truck traffic or the dumping, he is still scratching his head over what he saw before it all got going. “It was the Town of Grimsby trucks up here creating the culvert and filling in the ditch so there trucks could get on the property. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said. When pressed for clarification on why the Town did not see fit to implement a fill-related bylaw when the Woolverton Road issue had been onoing for years,
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flyer. I am dealing with the illegal grow issue separately.” Grimsby resident Kurt Whitnell also counts himself among those looking for answers and he says he lucky to be counting on anything today. “That many more dump trucks going up and down only increases what is already a nasty, nasty safety concern on Mountain street,” noted Whitnell in an email sent to Reg. Coun. Tony Quirk, Ald,. Michelle Seaborn, Ald. Dave Kadwell, Ald. Nick DiFlavio and Ald. Carolyn Mullins. “Case in point, my family and I came within inches of getting rearended at the bottom of Mountain Street yesterday (Wednesday). If we had not pulled forward a dump truck would have been in the rear seat of our vehicle where our son, Lucas,
was sitting. No drama, here just facts and a real need for answers.” Majetic would like answers too, but he is not expecting them. “The Town should be able to stop the fill now, have time to figure out if things are right, check paperwork, check the quality of the fill and if everything is good, then they continue,” said Majetic. “To let them dump thousands of loads, then you poke around, that is not good enough. The Johnson and Forty creeks are right there. Who knows what is in the run-off with all this rain?” “I told the mayor it is unfortunate they are just like weathermen. They can get things all wrong and still keep their jobs. I told him he will have to answer to a higher power but he thinks nobody is a higher power than him.”
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Grimsby merchants look to bounce back from fire It won’t be to the scale of Happening at The Forty, but Grimsby downtown merchants are hoping making the core a beehive of activity this Friday night will help get area residents utilizing their shops, services and restaurants again. Many business owners have seen a marked decline in foot and vehicle traffic since the July fire which claimed three businesses and an apartment. One long-term effect has been a partial road closure on Main Street at Ontario Street which has pushed the
Farmers Market out to Peach King Centre’s parking lot and also pushed consumers elsewhere. To help bring everyone back downtown, the Grimsby Downtown Improvement Area Board has planned an evening of fun for all this Friday night, Aug. 18. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. there will be lots of entertainment, including: Josh Coulter singing, Calvin’s Mingle Magic, face painting and balloon animals, Silver Elvis, Plinko, Punch Board, GAMRU, Grimsby Lions barbecue and more.
There was some consideration of waiting until Main Street was full open, but with the summer quickly evaporating, this Friday seemed like the best spot. The tenders for demolition of the burned out buildings closed July 27 but work has yet to get underway. “I think it is great to do a little showcase like this and get people thinking about coming downtown to see us,” said Melissa Silva, who operates Tous Jours Footwear & Fashion. “We’re all here and we have a lot to offer.”
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West Niagara service clubs, organizations and non-profit groups are welcome to submit meeting dates, fundraising information and invitations to the public in News Now’s Around Town feature. This service is provided free of charge and is done on a space availability basis. day - Friday Free Pool 2-5 pm. Mon. - Cribbage 2-4 pm. Tues. - Free Pool Noon-10 pm. Thurs. - Euchre 2-4 pm Thurs. 10th & 24nd - Bingo 6 pm. Fri. 11th & 25th Wings & Entertainment Night. Fri. 18th - Progressive Euchre 7 pm. Candy Bar Bingo (Kids & Adults) Sat. 26th 10am – 11am. Community pig roast Incl. Salads, Beans & Bun Saturday Aug. 12th 3 pm, $15.00, Seniors & Under 10 $10.00, Under 5 Free. Children’s Activities. Tickets available at the bar. Ice available $2.00 ea. Hall rental available $20.00/hour Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers Aug 17, 1:30 - 3 PM. Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers in partnership with the VON Presents Caregiver Education: “From Stress to Strength”, A FREE series for individuals caring for a family member/friend with a long-term health condition. Join us at Rose Cottage Drop in Program Mountainview Church, 290 Main St. E., Grimsby. To Register call our office at 905.309.5071, or Kelsey at 289.696.5226 Drop-In Half Hour Stories. Aug. 17th from 11 to 11:30AM at Smithville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Join us on Thursday mornings in Aug. for a half hour of fun new stories! Free. Circus Extravaganza. August 18th from 10:30AM to 11:30AM at Caistorville branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Join in on the fun with circus themed crafts, stories & activities! $2 PP at time of registration. Registration is required. Lego at the Library. Aug. 19th between 9 AM and 4 PM at Wellandport branch of West Lincoln Public Library. Drop in at the library and show off your creativity with LEGO. $2 PP person. Drop in program. Speaker Series – These events are all ages - $10 ticket will include refreshments. Sunday Aug. 20: ‘Eating Lincoln’ – Tiffany Mayer, author of Niagara Food, 2014. Beamsville Library, 4996 Beam Street, Beamsville.
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Great day for soap box racing in Beamsville The Beamsville and District Lions Club 1st Annual Soapbox Derby, Saturday, Aug. 12, was a huge sucess. The day was filled with sun, laughter, cheering and excitement on the faces of the 23 youngsters who participated in the event in the three divisions held at the Great Lakes Christian High School. The Stock Car Division had 16 entries, all sponsored by local businesses and organizations. These cars were built from kits purchased from All American Soap Box Derbies of Akron, OH Sponsors had their names and logos on the cars. The winner of the Stock Car division was Isaac Bucknall, driving the car sponsored by George Stephenson, CA. Bucknall is now eligible to participate in the International Soap Box Derby in Akron in July 2018 Coming in second was Tessa Riediger driving the Tim Horton’s car and in third place was Ty Fielding driving the car sponsored by Fielding Estate Winery. The Little Rascals Division featured five cars built from kits or built from bits and pieces found in dad’s or granddad’s garage. Grier Cooper was the overall winner with Cole Fielding coming in second and Cameron Saliba was the third place finisher. The SuperKids Division, is specifically for special needs children who race in specially built cars, assisted as needed by Stock Car drivers. All SuperKids are winners. First place finisher Connor McPhee is
eligible to participate in the SuperKids International Derby in Akron. During the event, assisted by community volunteers, the Town of Lincoln, Great Lakes Christian High School and a large number of Lions, the Lions club hosted the Soap Box Derby and operated their chip wagon with ice cream and souvenir clothing sales. “It was a truly wonderful day for the youngsters, their families, our community and for Lions,” said event organizer Lion Gord Gerrie.
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Grier Cooper is the picture of concentration as her heat starts.
Lions John Burton, left, and Ken Southward kept track of who was racing who.
Soap box derby champ of the day, Isaac Bucknall, gets into position for his winning heat.
(Left) Tessa Riediger gets ready for her heat in the finals with dad Chris steadying the ride at the back, while Lion Lloyd Clark look on.
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Letter sign on my lawn, or appear at your council meeting to create an uproar. I am not one of the 1,000 people who signed a petition.....just one of the 24,000 or so who didn’t. The issue of urban sprawl, and expanding neighbourhoods is a fact of life that some people are not content with. They want to stop further growth and change - but only after their home and subdivision was built, as if to say “I’m here now, but everything else I don’t want has to stop”.
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Bring back the three-year terms There has been such focus with Grimsby’s administration to make Grimsby great again, significant issues have been left by the wayside in the wake of huge cost overruns and lack of attention. With the mish-mash adjacent, there was no need to edit or change a word. You see the level of interest in representing the people of the community laid right out for you. People are super cheesed off with the truck traffic issue, magnified in this case with unknown fill being dumped en masse at a Kemp Road West location. No bylaw is being infringed upon, says the mayor. Uh, hello, exactly the issue. General disdain and malaise, par for the course. I am sure Kurt Whitnell, who nearly had his car crushed by a dump truck last Friday on Mountain Street is impressed, as I am sure are others. M.W.
You have to read it to believe it Ask for basic information on an important issue and this is what you get - from Monday. Hi Bob, Can I get a couple of comments on the situation at 42 Kemp. In the last 10 days I have talked to upwards of a dozen residents with concerns varying from truck traffic in the core, to traffic on Kemp itself, in addition to environmental impacts of dumping whatever is being dumped at 42 Kemp W. There really is a whole lot going on there, as you know, so it may be best if you could give me any info you have and would like to share with the community. I understand the fill is pretty much covering a 14 acre area at the joint of Johnson’s Creek and Forty Mile Creek. All neighbours are concerned with ground water issues from run-off. An immediate neighbour told me the fill brought in is now being capped with top soil in places so it will be much more difficult to assess just what has been brought it. One man, Joseph Majetic, called me to say (noting you had called him back when he was out cutting grass) he left you a message asking for a emergency meeting of council to get something passed to halt the situation, so some assessment could be done before possibly allowing it to continue. I think he recognized the limitations of process, but he wanted some level of urgency which he said he did not see from anyone at the Town after multiple calls and two visits to town hall. Please comment where you can, glad to chat if that is easier. Mike From Bob: Evening Mike, You probably have your
MIKE WILLISCRAFT story written from your group of forty but in case you don’t , Staff have been monitoring the situation and have been on site multiple times, NPCA has also investigated, testing has been done and no contaminates have been found to date but we continue to monitor the situation. Ministry of Energy and Climate Change has also been engaged to review the process. No violations to our current policies have been found but we are currently looking to strengthen our current bylaws with a new “fill “ bylaw shortly . Mayor Bob From Me: Thanks Bob. Residents have a great deal of concern with what they believe is a lack of appropriate policy at the Town to deal with/control fill coming into town. Derik noted last week what is in place has little impact (paraphrasing). Long-term dumping on Woolverton in recent years exacerbates that as resident there have said they have had no attention to their concerns in that area and that was years ago. So having nothing in place now when a massive quantity is going onto a property on Kemp and still no restrictions or controls has made them unhappy.
Is there any reason nothing was put in place since the Woolverton issue arose - that is if you believe the Woolverton site is an issue at all? From Bob, Write what you like Mike as I grew up in that Woolverton area and you have stated in the past that your job was to be controversial not necessarily factual. You’ve proven that. No violations have been recorded to date with any of our bylaws and no violations have been found with this recent issue so whatever your new forty group wants you to present is good with me as fake news appears to be in vogue for the flyers. I haven’t seen you report on the illegal grow ops yet as I believe that might be more of an issue in our municipality but your group haven’t identified it to you yet and you may not like the answers. Mayor Bob From Me: The fact any fill issues has not violated any bylaws is the point, Bob. There are no bylaws in place to give the municipality any level of control. On the illegal grow op issue, please pass on any info you have. Glad to take a look at it. I speak with multiple NRP officers every week and there has been no mention of any growing issue. I will note your concern to them and see if they have any update since last week. From Bob, You have already stated your negative position publicly without consulting the municipality so who cares what the reality is. Anything negative regarding the municipality is news worthy for you so I don’t even read that flyer. I am dealing with the illegal grow issue separately. Mayor Bob From Me: Thanks for your time, Bob.
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here shifts frequently. Plus according to by-law, his outbuilding is way too close to his fire pit. (Min 25ft.). That diddid not phase on (Town staff) during a visit to them. Neither did a lack of fencing around their pool. Fortunately, for them there are very few kids around up here to drown. Glaring By-law infractions on our 1/3 acre lots :) He told us Grimsby fire would send a pumper if they continued. Drastic, I must say. A non-emergency 911 call, phoning the fire deptartment, would create a deep resentment with my neighbor. I am a peaceful person and have no interest in that. So we suffer occasionally. Did I mention my Mother has Emphysema? I am beginning to believe that many people who have a job to do, do so with half measure!! Since
we live urban area” (specify) - Grimsby Fire Dept. words the rules don’t seem to apply. Or it’s more lenient. Laws are useless without enforcement. Up on the escarpment, people get away with things all too often. Grimsby’s former by-law officer lives next door to us, never asked her to get involved. Ever. In all the years she was in that position. I have never had reason to until now. She is retired. She knows about their “behavior”. I will continue to tolerate un-neighborly behavior, because the folks in the know, don’t seem to know much (or are just plain ignorant to the situation). As a resident and taxpayer to the Town of Grimsby, rules are rules; you’d think anyway. But not up on the hill here or “outside the urban area”. Rick Corbin (A Grimsby Mountain dweller since 1969! (Not that seniority counts anymore)
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Dear Editor, I have read your article pertaining to the dumping on Kemp Road. I live on Woolverton Road and the dumping has been taking place for several years. The height of the mounds are visible as one drives by. Some of us have water wells here. Run-off could be a concern, no doubt. The main reason I write to you, is the subject of By-laws. I also have a neighbor who insists on backyard fires. According to by-law, open-air burning is prohibited in the town of Grimsby. It is impossible to open ones windows on a cool night, for the pungent smell. Keep in mind our lots here are considered large to some, but 200 ft X 75 ft, is not large enough when it is smokey. We complained to the Grimsby Fire department about their fires. The Fire Prevention Officer paid them a visit, and told them to “control the smoke”. The wind up
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