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Ingersoll Ontario, January 27, 2017 – The Town of Ingersoll has agreed to pay an $80,000 fine along with the mandatory 25 percent surcharge to the Province of Ontario. The actions of the Town and its agents had no impact on human health or wellbeing.

 

The Ontario Water Resources Act charges stem from work completed by a contractor overseen by a hired consulting engineer on the 2014 Holcroft Street Reconstruction Project, which included the installation of a sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer.  The tendered amount of the project was estimated at 2.3 million dollars with an approximate contingency allowance of $230,000.The Town coordinates projects on behalf of the County and for its own purposes within its corporate boundaries.

 

A Ministry permit, acquired by the Consulting Engineer under its contract with the Town, allowed water to be pumped out of the construction project.  The permit specified duration of pumping allowed and daily limits of water. Due to site conditions and weather condition, pumping exceed both the volume and duration allowed by the permit. 

 

The Consultant and Town failed to take the necessary steps to amend the permit. In addition, some water, which contained sediment from the construction site, was discharged into Ingersoll’s municipal storm sewer without adequate filtration. The storm sewer flows into Whiting Creek which became cloudy with sediment. The Town initially failed to take adequate action to remedy the situation and failed in properly notifying the Ministry as prescribed under the legislation.  Both are considered offenses under the OWA.

 

“We respect Ministry rules and regret that a municipal project caused sediment to be deposited into Whiting Creek,” said Ted Comiskey, Mayor of the Town of Ingersoll. “We will pay the fine and also review our internal policies and procedures so we can take appropriate action to make sure that this does not happen again.”

 

The contractor has also been charged by the Ministry and will be dealt with independently of the Town.

 

The Town is reviewing its options in seeking reimbursement for some or all of the costs associated with these charges, from those parties who materially contributed to the situation resulting in charges and fines.

 

The Town is also seeking assistance through its insurers and its errors and omissions policy, for costs associated in defending its position and the remedy costs.

 

More information, please contact:

William Tigert

Chief Administrative Officer

519-485-0120

wtigert@ingersoll.ca 

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