Work on “the Hole” begins in six months
by Roger Varley
Council was told on October 2 that the owners of 4 Victoria Drive will begin construction of their proposed office building in March of next year.
In a report to council, Chief Administrative Officer Ingrid Svelnis and treasurer Donna Condon said the township now is in the process of amending the Site Plan Agreement for site, which has sat as a water-filled partially constructed basement for years since First Leaside, the original owner, abandoned the site, leading it to be known simply as “The Hole.”
The report said reaching a site plan agreement with the current owners will cost the township money. She said that, similar to the agreement the township had with First Leaside, it will include payment of a phosphorus removal credit of almost $42,000 to divert phosphorus from the Uxbridge Brook. This money will be covered by the township’s Phosphorus Removal Fund.
The developer will also receive a grant under the township’s redevelopment/rehabilitation grant program which, over a five-year period, would cost the township approximately $143,000. The report said that amount could be covered by incremental supplementary property tax revenues created as a result of the development and by the township’s Community Improvement Plan reserve.
On top of that, the township will issue the developer a donation tax receipt for the value of a small strip of land lying between the Uxbridge Brook and the parking lot to the west of 4 Victoria Drive to be donated to the township. That amount will not be determined until the land is appraised.
In other township news, township planning consultant Elizabeth Howson gave a win to the owners of the former Col. Sam Sharpe home on First Avenue when she recommended an application by Robert Bishop and Jennifer Durkin to sever the property be approved.
In a report to council, Ms. Howson said council should inform the Region of Durham that the township has no objection to the application being approved as it meets all necessary criteria.
The home owners still have to wait to see if their home is to be designated as a heritage site. If it is, it could prevent the couple from taking down the conservatory that Col. Sharpe had constructed.
Uxbridge Canadian Tire earns national awards
Pat Higgins, owner of Uxbridge’s Canadian Tire store, treated his staff to a pizza celebration last week to mark the national awards the store won recently at the Canadian Tire Corp. convention.
The Uxbridge store won two of the eight national marketing and merchandising awards available to the over 500 qualifying stores.
Mr. Higgins said the store won for Best Ongoing Event Marketing, citing the annual Huck Finn Day, Ladies Night, JumpStart Games, Festival of Lights and others.
The store also won as Best Christmas Store.
The store will be displaying the banners that came with the awards.
Barton Farms ponds get a fall clean-up
by Nancy Melcher
The sound of a running motor recently disrupted the calm on Barton Trail as the storm water retention ponds there were prepared for rehabilitation.
Four workers from Stantec, an international company in the design and consulting industry that has been hired by the Township of Uxbridge to help prepare the Barton Farms ponds, had to pump water out of the ponds in order to collect and then relocate the frogs, tadpoles, fish and turtles from the ponds before dredging and clean-up could take place.
Storm water retention ponds are built in new developments to provide a site for storm runoff to collect, lessening the impact of big rain events on nearby streams. They also serve as a place for material such as sand and mud to collect, keeping it out of the streams, which in turn keeps the streams healthy. Eventually the ponds fill up with that material, and they must be cleaned out to be able to continue to function as designed.
“The upper pond is smaller and it was pretty well filled up,” one consultant explained. “This main pond isn’t as bad, but you can see there’s a lot of algae, pondweed and mud here. Once they’re cleaned they’ll work properly again.”
The consultant said she was surprised there were no signs of Phragmites; the Cosmos informed her that the local nature club had removed it last month.
During the clean-up, pumpkinseed fish were discovered in the pond. When asked how they got there, another consultant replied, “That’s a good question!” He pointed to the houses, saying, “I guess those people dumped them in here. I’d expected to find goldfish!”
In addition to the fish there were plenty of green frogs, and lots of “huge tadpoles, the size of walnuts!”, which will be relocated to the millpond in town.
Once the ponds are drained, township engineers will supervise the removal of the sediment that has collected over the years. This will make the freshly tidied ponds look rather stark and barren. However, give them a couple of years and the frogs (and perhaps fish) will be back, along with the reeds and cattails that grow there now. Nature has its own way of filling back in what man clears out.
Helicopter helps nab fleeing suspect
A 20-year old male faces numerous charges including impaired operation after fleeing from police early last Wednesday morning in Uxbridge.
Just before 1 a.m. on October 4, officers from North Division attempted to stop a vehicle on Toronto Street in Uxbridge. The vehicle was speeding out of Uxbridge, heading south on Toronto Street at Campbell Drive. The driver refused to stop, and one he noticed that the police were chasing him, fled through residential streets.
The helicopter, Air1, was called in, and they observed the vehicle drive off the roadway and into a field in attempts to evade police. The suspect vehicle, which was described as a white four-door Acura, sustained extensive damage to its tires. The suspect then fled on foot through the fields into a residential construction zone. The suspect hid in the basement of a new build and with the assistance of Air1 and York Regional Police officers, the man was eventually taken into custody.
Harison Sivasoruban, of Regal Court in Markham, is charged with: Impaired Operation; Exceed 80 mgs; Assault with Intent to Resist; Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle; Fail To Stop For Police and numerous Highway Traffic Act offences. He was released on a promise to appear.
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Anyone with new information is asked to contact North Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2672.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.
Toasting a new club in town
Toastmasters, the world renowned club that teaches members public speaking and leadership skills, has launched a branch in Uxbridge, and it’s holding an open house on Thursday, October 19, for those who’d like to know more.
“Uxbridge Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Kris Nelson, president of the Uxbridge club.
Guest speaker David M. Bachan, the youth leadership chair for Toastmasters District 60, will talk about the importance of communication skills for today’s professional.
After hearing from Bachan, members and guests will enjoy a regular Toastmasters meeting that will include prepared speeches, Table Topics™ (impromptu speeches) and evaluations.
The open house begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Williamson Boardroom of the Uxbridge Arena. For more information about the open house or Toastmasters, call 416-529-6686, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Institutes of Ontario celebrating 120 years
Bethesda-Reach Women’s Institute has had a firm belief in the value of community. This year, the Women’s Institutes in Ontario are marking the 120th anniversary of their founding in Stoney Creek, and service in rural Ontario. To mark the event, and Canada’s 150th birthday, the local group is reaching out to the rural communities in Uxbridge, Epsom and Port Perry area to get to know its neighbours. To that end, the Bethesda-Reach Women’s Institute branch has arranged a special afternoon tea at the Uxbridge Seniors’ Centre on Saturday, October 14, from 2-4 p.m. Rosemary Oliver, a fibre artist, will show some of her beautiful work, and refreshments will be special. Neighbours, friends, and anyone interested in beautiful things are welcome.
If you would like to come please call 905-852-3925.