Town Council approves United Soils Management’s Permit Application
Lee Sand and Gravel Pit Restoration Project will be returned to the way it was in this circa 1950 photo thanks to efforts by United Soil Management and the Town of Stouffville
United Soils Management’s Fill Permit application to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to farmland with a woodlot was approved by Town Council on Tuesday, December 3rd. We will gradually be saying good-bye to the hole in the ground and hello farmland.
We must thank United Soils Management for taking all possible measures to ensure that the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit Restoration Project will have minimum daily impact on the community and virtually no impact on weekends. Mr. Alec Cloke, his team of experts and the Town Staff are all to be commended for working together diligently to develop a very comprehensive set of rules governing the restoration of a pit operation.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Alec Cloke owner of United Soils management knows this is a man of his word whose commitment to the communities in which he carries out his business is nothing short of amazing.
Here is just a partial list of organizations and events that United Soils graciously sponsors in our community. They include Food Bank, The Legion, Local skating club, Local Hockey, Winter Carnival, and the Fall Fair. In addition they sponsor at least four contests a year for kids that require them to think about Canada and/or their families.
In conclusion United Soils Management is not only setting the Gold Standard in Pit Restoration but also the Gold Standard in being a great corporate citizen. In other words a great addition to our community.
Many factors affect ice thickness including: type of water, location, the time of year and other environmental factors such as:
Water depth and size of body of water.
Currents, tides and other moving water.
Chemicals including salt.
Fluctuations in water levels.
Logs, rocks and docks absorbing heat from the sun.
Changing air temperature.
Shock waves from vehicles traveling on the ice.
The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength.
Clear blue ice is strongest.
White opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice.
Grey ice is unsafe. The grayness indicates the presence of water.
Check with local authorities before heading out. Avoid going out on ice at night.
When You Are Alone On Ice
If you get into trouble on ice and you’re by yourself:
Call for help.
Resist the immediate urge to climb back out where you fell in. The ice is weak in this area.
Use the air trapped in your clothing to get into a floating position on your stomach.
Reach forward onto the broken ice without pushing down. Kick your legs to push your torso on the ice.
When you are back on the ice, crawl on your stomach or roll away from the open area with your arms and legs spread out as far as possible to evenly distribute your body weight. Do not stand up! Look for shore and make sure you are going in the right direction.
When You Are With Others On Ice
Rescuing another person from ice can be dangerous. The safest way to perform a rescue is from shore.
Call for help. Consider whether you can quickly get help from trained professionals (police, fire fighters or ambulance) or bystanders.
Check if you can reach the person using a long pole or branch from shore – if so, lie down and extend the pole to the person.
If you go onto ice, wear a PFD and carry a long pole or branch to test the ice in front of you. Bring something to reach or throw to the person (e.g. pole, weighted rope, line or tree branch).
When near the break, lie down to distribute your weight and slowly crawl toward the hole.
Remaining low, extend or throw your emergency rescue device (pole, rope, line or branch) to the person.
Have the person kick while you pull them out.
Move the person to a safe position on shore or where you are sure the ice is thick. Signal for help.
Town Council To Make Final Decision On United Soils Management’s Permit Application At Council Meeting On Tuesday December 3 at 7:00 pm
United Soils Management’s Fill Permit application to restore the Lee Sand & Gravel Pit back to farmland with a woodlot comes before Town Council for final approval. If all goes well we can say goodbye to the hole in the ground and hello woodlot.
With Your Help We Are Going To Rename “Bang Up Bend”
Send us your suggestions for a new name for the corner/bend
Now that “Bang Up Bend” has been made safer, the Musselman’s Lake Residents Association (MLRA) is reaching out the community for their assistance in renaming the revamped corner. Please email us your suggestions and at a later date we will have an on-line vote for the most popular names submitted. One name already suggested is “Cadillac Corner” because it is now a first class corner. Maybe something like, “Safety Bend” as now that corner/bend is safer with all the new safety features. Or…how about “Eco Corner” in reference to the environmental aspect of the improvements such as filter socks that filters run-off and the Green Fabian retaining wall that stimulates vegetation growth on it.
Send us your suggestions to email@example.com
Community Safety Committee Has Great News. We Now Have A Safer Corner.
Drive Slow caution
New safer guardrail
Green Gabion is an environmental friendly gabion used for erosion control. They are made of PVC coated wire mesh baskets with a coconut fiber blanket on the facing and filled with a mix of stone and topsoil. The heavy coconut mat allows vegetation establishment. As the root system develops, it reinforces the soil providing a significant resistance to the structure.
The Musselman’s Lake Residents Association (MLRA) is a member of the Community Safety Committee along with the Town, York Region Police and York Regional Roads. It is through the efforts of this committee, spearheaded by Councillor Phil Bannon, that “Bang Up Bend” now needs to be renamed.
R&M Construction did a great job on road embankment repair that now provides a solid foundation for the road on the bend. New guardrails and safety signage were also added.
Our Thanks goes out to Councillor Bannon for moving the project forward with the Region and to Scott Stover and the York Region Roads Department for getting the repairs done.
Trespassing On The Water Tower Private Property Is Going To Cost You!
Paul Whitehouse – Director of Public Works & Operations, Teresa Hector, Bylaw Officer,
Councillor Bannon, Constable Richie Ho, Constable Ivan Liew – Crime Prevention District #5,
Mohamed Reda – Property Owner
Photo – Rick Wigmore
On October 9th 2013, Councillor Bannon arranged a meeting at the Water Tower property with the property owner, York Regional Police, By-law Enforcement, Town Roads Department and Musselman’s Lake Residents Association (MLRA).
Residents have been complaining about trespassing on the Water Tower property by local dirt bike and ATV riders. The concerns are not strictly about the excessive noise being created by these off road machines but there also are concerns about injuries being received by riders while on this private property.
Mr. Reda, who is the property owner has agreed to erect more barriers and gates to further limit access to this property. There will be a locked entrance and police will be given a key to allow their ATV’s onto the property for purposes of enforcement.
No off road vehicles are permitted on Water Tower property
Local residents are encouraged to take pictures of any off road vehicles on the premises and to file complaints on the York Regional Police website www.YRP.ca where they can register the trespassing information through the Road Watch Program . All complaints will be followed up on especially if they contain license numbers which allow police to track the owner of the vehicle.
If you are one of these motocross or ATV riders that frequent the water tower property, please cease and desist trespassing on private property. It will save you both the money and embarrassment of being charged. You will also help to restore the peace and quiet to our community that we all enjoy so much.