A spokesman for Concerned Citizens of Sackville says the group isn’t happy with Mayor Mesheau’s response to their letter expressing alarm over plans for a plastic pipe factory on Walker Road near TransCanada Highway Exit 500.
“We don’t feel he answered the questions we raised,” Will Kriski said today during a telephone interview.
“He said, in effect, that it’s none of our business,” he added, referring to the mayor’s statement that plans for such projects are not typically made public until someone submits a building and development permit.
In his e-mailed letter to the group last Friday, Mesheau also says the pipe manufacturing plant being built by Atlantic Industries Ltd. (AIL) will create 20-30 jobs.
“This will be a state-of-the-art plant, which will include solar electricity, this will be similar to some of their other facilities in Ontario,” the mayor’s letter adds.
Mesheau also repeated assurances made to town council by planner Lori Bickford that aside from washrooms for plant workers, there would be no effluent from the factory and any well water consumption that does not meet provincial requirements would be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment.
To read Mayor Mesheau’s letter, click here.
“It’s what I would call a dismissive response,” Kriski says on behalf of Concerned Citizens.
He adds that the mayor’s letter did not address the group’s concerns about a wide range of issues including potential airborne emissions, plans for on-site chemical and fuel storage or how any spills would be cleaned up.
Aside from concerns about the potential effects on their wells, the Concerned Citizens letter, signed by 35 residents in the Walker Road area, says the town’s water treatment plant would be only about 300 metres from the pipe factory.
“Everyone in town needs to be concerned,” Kriski says.
“We’re not attacking a particular project or business, we just need more information and the town isn’t giving it to us,” he adds.
“If we have to wait until someone applies for a building permit, we’re afraid it will be too late to ask the questions that need to be asked,” Kriski says.
He adds that since the site has been cleared and graded, AIL must have detailed plans for the factory, yet according to Mayor Mesheau, the public has no right to see them.
“We elect councillors to represent us, but they’re not really doing that,” he says.
On April 11, council approved a zoning change clearing the way for the proposed pipe factory with only Councillor Bruce Phinney voting against it.
The change allows projects to go ahead in the 177 acre Walker Road industrial zone where there are no town water or sewer services.
To read the Concerned Citizens original letter, click here.
To read previous coverage, click here.