The following is a press release issued by the County of Simcoe on August 31, 2015.
Midhurst/ August 31, 2015 – During its meeting on August 25, 2015, County Council approved a recommendation to move forward with the siting process for both the Organics Processing Facility (OPF) and Materials Management Facility (MMF), as well as the additional consideration to co-locate both facilities on one site.
The official motion ratified by County Council states:
"THAT the siting process for the Organics Processing Facility and Materials Management Facility proceed with additional consideration to co-locate both facilities on a single site, as outlined in Item CCW 15-240;
AND THAT the Procurement, Fleet and Property Department be authorized to execute a Right of First Refusal Agreement on the one privately owned short-listed site as detailed in Item CCW 15-240;
AND THAT consultation proceed as outlined within Item CCW 15-240 seeking public and stakeholder feedback on the short list of potential sites for both facilities and, in addition, the potential for a combined facility."
The projects will now proceed to a period of further evaluation of the sites and public and stakeholder consultation. Public meetings will tentatively take place on the following dates:
- Tuesday, October 6 – Simcoe County Museum, Springwater
- Thursday, October 8 – Township of Oro-Medonte Administration Centre, Oro-Medonte
- Thursday, October 15 – Elmvale Arena – Springwater Room, Springwater
- Tuesday, October 20 – Stayner Arena and Community Centre, Clearview
- Monday, October 26 – Hillsdale Community Centre, Springwater
There will be two sessions each day and times will be consistent for all public meetings: 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The format will include a formal presentation taking place at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. followed by Q&A. Note: dates and times are subject to change. Please follow details on simcoe.ca for the most up-to-date information.
“Input from our residents, especially those from within the municipalities where these facilities may reside, is extremely important,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We look forward to receiving everyone’s feedback and are excited to collectively work with one and all towards a greener future with the very best services possible.”
Details about the proposed facilities including siting methodology, anticipated costs, completed meetings and reports can be found at www.simcoe.ca/opf and www.simcoe.ca/mmf. The agenda and staff report can be found at www.simcoe.ca/dpt/clk/amr.