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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 

Ingersoll Ontario, On Monday January 16th 2017 an Ingersoll employee was injured while working to store Winter Lights displays at the Parks Facility located on Ingersoll Road.

 

While storing the winter lights, within the building, the lights shifted and fell resulting in the injury of the employee.  The injury sustained is defined as a critical incident under the OHSA. The employee is recuperating at home and is expected to make a full recovery returning to work when healed.

 

As a critical incident the Ministry of Labour was notified and an Occupational Health and Safety Inspector attended the scene the following day, to take observations and make orders as deemed appropriate. Three orders were given and the Town is working on addressing the issues in a timely fashion satisfactory with the expectations of the Ministry.

 

The Town’s Joint Health and Safety Committee, which is made up of certified employees and managers, conducted their own investigation and are developing a number of recommendations to be incorporated across departments within the Town.  Additionally standard operating procedures will be considered and all departments are reviewing their safe handling and storage of materials policies.

 

As with any investigation by the Ministry of Labour there is a potential that fines could be levied should it be determined that the Town failed to meet its entire obligation under the OHSA.  The Ministry has up to 12 months following their investigation in determining whether charges are applicable.

 

The Town of Ingersoll take the health and safety of its employees and citizens seriously and will work to improve any deficiencies that are found.

For more information please contact:

 

William Tigert

Chief Administrative Officer

519-485-0120

wtigert@ingersoll.ca

Enhancing Ingersoll’s quality of life

 

When conversation turns to municipal politics, particularly when tax season rolls around, most aren’t likely to equate the town council’s primary role of governing with our quality of life – but here in Ingersoll those three simple words are always in play as fiscal policies take centre stage.

Over the past six years this council has worked tirelessly to maintain a balance between fiscal responsibilities while assuring our citizens’ needs are properly met. As a result, Ingersoll’s infrastructure and roads have shown phenomenal improvements, while our reserves have gone from practically nothing to a point now where they will be stabilized in short order.

 

The town’s asset management, in terms of building and equipment, are progressing in a positive manner, at a more impressive rate than some neighbouring communities. OPP costs are under control and, while other Oxford County towns may struggle through the chilly winter months without adequate snow-clearing for roads and sidewalks, Ingersoll benefits from a seasonal service that is second-to-none.

While our tax rate has admittedly been the highest in Oxford County over this stretch of time, this council can point with pride to these high service standards, and many other improvements being made without resorting to borrowing money. Now with this year’s levy increase pegged at 2.47%, it marks the third consecutive year that the increase is the lowest in the county.

 

Meanwhile other Oxford municipalities are discovering the necessity of doing precisely what we had to do in order to stabilize their financial positions. The Ingersoll rate is trending downwards as our citizens enjoy the advantages resulting from council’s responsible fiscal management.

So what are those advantages and how do they ensure Ingersoll residents enjoy such a superb quality of life? The list would require more space allotted for this column. Let’s consider a few:

  • One of the best senior centres in Ontario – one boasting an abundance of services and programs.
  • A recreational centre envied by communities of equal size and even larger.
  • Rapidly growing trail systems, well-maintained sports fields, numerous parks, an arena for year-round activities and an artistic community satisfying the needs of those living in and visiting Ingersoll – Festival Town Ontario.
  • The Fusion Youth Centre which is second to none.

Analyzing the current tax increase, its’ fair to say the Ingersoll Town Council has once again responded to the residents’ needs in a responsible yet caring fashion, ensuring we enjoy one of the lowest tax levy increases in any Oxford community for another year.

 

Thanks to so many banding together in a cooperative manner with the citizens’ best interests first and foremost, there is no question our future is bright. Whether its recreation, parks, trails and other committees working alongside numerous volunteer groups throughout the town, the goal has and always will be to provide and enhance the quality of life in Ingersoll.

 

Your support is most deeply appreciated as we embrace the bright, prosperous future to be enjoyed by all in the wonderful caring community of Ingersoll.

 

Mayor Ted Comiskey

mayor@ingersoll.ca

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