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role in the everyday life of all Ontario resi- dents.” Aggregates are used for road and build- ing construction, infrastructure works like water and sewer lines, subway tunnels and airports. Some aggregates are used for making glass, paint and some pharmaceuti- cals while others may be needed for making steel, aluminum, and plastic. Certain aggre- gates, like gypsum, may be used in making plaster, fertilizer, and as a mild abrasive in some toothpastes. Using accumulated data from past re- ports for the counties, the Ontario Geologi- cal survey and other sources, including cur- rent field surveys, the ARI report noted that there are 34 million tons of sand and gravel, within a 2.5-metre extraction depth, rang- ing from first- to third-level quality located in various deposits within the counties along with 537 million tons of underground bedrock of first- and second-quality within a five-metre extraction depth. Factors that may affect access to those deposits include groundwater and physi- ological features. Whether or not a deposit is located near or within an area of ecologi- cal or historical interest would also affect access. The overall report was optimistic about Prescott-Russell’s construction sector hav- ing enough bedrock aggregates for the future without having to look outside the region for supplies. “It is expected that future annual mineral aggregate production will be met by bed-

GENERAL SERVICE & MAINTENANCE Denis Lacroix M ÉCANICIEN C LASSE “A” C ELL .: 613 915-1752 2274 L ANDRY C LARENCE C REEK , ON “The Township of Champlain and The Na- tion municipality were identified as primary supply areas with good potential for devel- opment of mineral aggregate deposits,” the report stated. “The Township of Russell and the City of Clarence-Rockland were identi- fied as primary demand areas for the min- eral aggregates produced with the United rock resources. Expected to last several de- cades at the projected population growth and consumption rates.” The amount of sand and gravel available, though, is more limited because of access restrictions. The 34 million tons known to exist shrinks to three million tonnes avail- able within current aggregate policy re- source areas. “It is estimated that available good qual- ity sand and gravel deposits may be deplet- ed within the next two decades.” Two points of interest in the report are where the largest sources of mineral aggre- gates exist in the counties and which com- munities have most need of them for pres- ent and future construction.

Counties of Prescott and Russell.” The report noted that the next step for the counties is to develop an updated pol- icy that will outline what conditions will al- low designation of an aggregate resource policy area suitable for excavation. The policy would allow for conditions or restric- tions based on ecological, archaeological, and other factors, and also compensation for any clear-cutting that might affect the scenic viewscape. The updated ARI policy would become part of the UCPR’s Official Plan five-year- review process. L’ORIGNAL | 911 service for Prescott-Rus- sell will be secure for another five years. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council approved a resolution for a renewal contract with the OPP for 911 service. The current contract expires July 10 this year. The new contract will remain in effect until July 10, 2018. 911 contract


L’ORIGNAL | One less worry exists now for the Prescott-Russell region’s construc- tion industry. There is more than enough sand and gravel for building needs in the ground around the two counties for the next half century or so. Louis Prévost, urban planning director for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR), presented the counties council with the final report on the Aggregate Resources Inventory Master Plan (ARI) April 24. An on- line copy of the report is available on the counties website at www.prescott-russell. “It is pretty complete,” said Prévost, re- garding the 129-page report from Stantec Consulting Ltd. The UCPR began looking into the state of Prescott-Russell aggregate resources in 2006, commissioning Stantec for an assess- ment study of the situation. The goal was to have the study and report completed with- in two years after approval of the updated Official Plan for the UCPR. The report would serve a guideline for council in setting poli- cies for protecting and conserving aggre- gate resources within Prescott-Russell that would support continued local economic development. A power-point presentation on the report noted that aggregates have “a significant

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