Community raises $100,000 to fight proposed quarry in Milton

Residents show their support for the fight led by non-profit ACTION

InsideHalton.com    by Bambang Sadewo

A community organization that is fighting to stop a proposed quarry in Campbellville gets a huge financial boost from residents.

By the end of a meeting that was attended by over 300 residents and held at the Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre last week to hear the latest on the Reid Road Reservoir Quarry, the organizer — Association of Citizens Together In Our Nassagaweya (ACTION) — received about $100,000 in donation pledges to retain experienced aggregate lawyer and consulting experts.

Of note, two attendees agreed to donate $10,000 each to the cause, and many donated $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 — the latter being the majority where people raised their hands to help fund the legal fight.

“I’m excited,” said George Minakakis, chair of ACTION of the response from residents, adding that he’s pleased to be a part of Campbellville. “This really helps us continue the momentum.”

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Residents hear the reality of having quarry in their neighbourhood

​ACTION hopes to raise funds to fight James Dick Construction’s licence application

Oct 26, 2018 by Julie Slack - InsideHalton.com

Residents in Campbellville heard some frightening scenarios should a quarry licence be granted for the Reid Road Reservoir Quarry.

Association of Citizens Together In Our Nassagaweya (ACTION) presented an update on the proposed James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL) quarry on Reid Road last night at the Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre.

Stopping the quarry is the group’s main objective, stated George Minakakis, chair of ACTION.

“Nobody wants this quarry,” he said, referring to the crowd of more than 120 people.

JDCL — a Bolton-based company — has applied to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) for a licence to operate a pit and quarry below the water table on a 72-acre site at 9210 Twiss Rd. It proposes to extract 63 acres, with the maximum annual amount to be removed set at 990,000 tonnes. The land is already zoned quarry.

To fight his application, ACTION, which is a totally-volunteer driven group of residents, is also seeking funds from residents so that they can hire an experienced aggregate lawyer, along with technical experts who understand quarries and their impacts.

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Community Update Meeting - October 24th 2018

Thank you to the over 120 concerned residents who attended the community meeting. ACTION is working hard to gather resources and information from third party experts to support us with this process. 

 

Your continued financial support is necessary as we move forward in this process. A big thank you to all who have already sent in a contribution! 

 

As stated in the meeting, we are still seeking out individuals who can volunteer in various roles within ACTION. Please contact us if you feel you could be of help in any of the areas listed in the presentation.

 

The presentation is now posted for any individuals who were unable to attend the meeting on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the videos have been excluded as the file was too big to upload. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation file.

 

Thank you again for your continued support. Together we will succeed! 

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Quarry Update - Great Work So Far

Dear Neighbours,

  We wanted to give an update regarding our progress and amazing support from our community regarding the James Dick Construction Ltd. application to operate a quarry at Reid Side Road and Twiss Road.
 

The impact of such a quarry would have an unprecedented effect on our community. We needed to act fast.
 

 As of September 17th, over 1000 individual letters and emails ofobjection were delivered to James Dick Construction Ltd. and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. 

This includes objections and support from:
 

The Town of Milton who also made a unanimous resolution at their recent council meeting to challenge James Dick Construction Ltd. on the implications of such an undertaking on the Milton community.
 

The Region of Halton sent a strong objection highlighting a variety of issues and concerns.
 

Conservation Halton sent in an objection letter regarding concerns as to the impact on our water and landscape.
 

Woodbine Mohawk Park sent in an objection and strong position that this operation would have a drastic impact on their industry and the local economy.
 

And, of course, A.C.T.I.O.N., on behalf of our local community sent in a formal objection including input from technical specialists that we have retained to work with us through this process. We have requested James Dick Construction Ltd. provide us with an in depth understanding of the proposed site plan and indicated our key concerns regarding water safety, environmental impacts, haul route safety, impact on community and economy and protection of wildlife.
 

In addition, many community members contacted MPP, Parm Gillwho is apprised of the situation and promised to look further into this application. He has promised to work with us and other levels of government.
 

This is by no means over. James Dick Construction Ltd. has up to two years to respond to the individual objections received and at which point, you have a 20 day window to reply.  This is key. A.C.T.I.O.N. is currently working on supporting individuals with options on how to reply back to James Dick Construction Ltd. and to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
 

We have to continue as One Voice and One Community
 

  A.C.T.I.O.N.'s next steps include seeking legal advice along with technical advice to ensure we have the information we need to support our position. This will come at a considerable cost and we will need your financial support to raise funds. Visit GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/3knbv-action) to make a financial contribution.  

We need your continued help and assistance. Please contact us at action.quarryupdate@gmail.com If you would like to volunteer or have suggestions for fundraising opportunities.
 

  We also want to thank all the volunteers who have knocked on doors, stood at store fronts and called their neighbours. It is through these efforts that word and support has spread. What an amazing community we live in!
 

  A Community Update Meeting will be held in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more information on our website (www.actionmilton.ca), Facebook (Milton Quarry) or Twitter (@action_milton) accounts.
 

Board of Directors
ActionMilton 

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