Residents curious about the city’s proposed $10-million purchase and redevelopment of the Owl Road landfill will want to mark Thursday, Aug. 13, on their calendars.
They’re invited to a public information meeting that day, 6-8 p.m., at Valleyview Arena to learn more about the plan for a resource recovery centre on the site. The City also proposes a satellite yard at the site for the public works and utilities yard.
A staff recommendation calls for the purchase to be funded through municipal debt serviced through landfill tipping fees. That way the City can avoid any impact on taxes, solid waste rates or tipping fees.
City council voted in late June to allow the borrowing after deciding at a closed meeting in the spring to proceed with the purchase. The municipality and landfill operator Dan Ambrosi had been in negotiations for the sale since 2012. Purchase of the Ambrosi property will allow the City to control a longstanding source of emissions.
The resource recovery centre would serve as a secondary landfill for construction waste (wood, concrete, shingles), thereby extending the life of the Mission Flats landfill by an estimated 10 years. The satellite works yard, with a main yard on McGill Road, would increase the department’s efficiency.