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Site for hazardous waste up for approval

The works department has found the spot it wants to put a new hazardous and special waste facility.

The site at 1998 Region Road 57 in Clarington has been identified as the preferred location for the site, which is a provision of the host community agreement the region has with Clarington for the Durham York Energy Centre.

According to a report from the works department, an already approved budget of $1 million will be used to construct the site, with Oct. 1, 2017 as the targeted date to start operations.

Regional staff initially identified the site in February, but were met with concerns from Clarington staff, who submitted a list of six other sites the region could look at. However, the region decided to stick with this site, as it is already owned by the region, along with a list of other benefits, according to the report.

The region will soon release a request for proposals for a consultant to assist with “site investigations, detailed design, construction oversight and assistance in obtaining an environmental compliance approval for the facility from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change,” with an estimated award date of December.


Extra funds for paramedic facility

The region is being asked to hand over more money in order to pay for a new paramedic facility in the north end of Oshawa.

According to a report to be presented to the committee of the whole, works staff are asking for an additional $232,977 for the project, nearly 10 per cent of it’s $2.417-million budget. With this ask, the revised contract cost will be just under $2.65 million.

The extra money is being requested to fund a series of additional contract costs, including $115,811 to “remove soil with contaminates not identified for removal in the initial environmental site assessment work,” $48,821 for “additional wood studding to accommodate width of steeling framing surrounding exterior overhead doors and additional wood joists and blocking between joists and hangers to address design conflicts” and $5,636 for a site modification to “address additional storm water management requirements.”


Gaining business across the Atlantic

Business-savvy residents of Durham Region may need to brush up on their German.

In a report to be presented at the first committee of the whole session following the summer break, councillors are being asked to approve a contract with a consultant “to build and develop a pipeline of direct investment prospects in Germany and to promote investment and trade between German and Durham businesses.”

The deal with the Atlanta-based Pegasus Partners LLC will cost taxpayers $72,000, and will go towards the development of an investment attraction plan. The $72,000 is split between the region ($25,000), several municipalities (Oshawa, Ajax, Clarington, Whitby and Pickering each chipping in $5,000) and $22,000 from the region’s Durham Economic Development Partnership.

According to the report, Germany was first identified as a key market for Durham Region to target back in the region’s foreign direct investment strategy, approved by council in 2012.

The report also adds that Pegasus will coordinate a business mission for regional delegates to Germany, although no timeline is provided for such a trip.

Germany is Canada’s eighth largest trading partner, according to a report from the federal government, with $15.4 billion in imports from Germany and $3.5 billion in exports to Germany in 2013.