Dufferin County considers taxing local operator for use of Orangeville bypass

| Published on April 25, 2014

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The owners of a proposed gravel pit in Dufferin County, Ontario may have to pay the county for use of the road leading to the site.

Dufferin County is considering taxing Olympia Sand and Gravel, owners of the proposed quarry, to drive its trucks on County Road 109, also known as the Orangeville bypass, according to a report from Orangeville.com.

The company wants to extract 1.2 million tonnes (about 1.32 million tons) of gravel from the 291-acre site. Operations would include about 460 truck trips daily.

Dufferin lawmakers have requested the county investigate the potential financial impact of trucks from the gravel pit.

Scott Burns, Dufferin’s director of public works, told Orangeville.com that the increase in truck traffic will not be very high.

“It isn’t a drastic change in the overall number of trucks on that particular road,” Burns said. “There may be things to look at as far as maintenance costs go.”

The report notes that the county already requires aggregate companies to to pay 7.5 cents per tonne to their municipalities.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is currently reviewing the company’s application for a gravel pit and is expected to make a recommendation in mid May.

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