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Carleton Place? What if You or I did This?


Yup, here she goes again some are saying, and you know what? I don’t blame you.

But, someone has to care what is going on here at the end of Lake Ave West– without the approval of County Council. Please attend the next council meeting on–Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m if you do and voice your opinion to your councillor. If this was me or you who caused this–would we be put somewhere without a key.

Do we need a bloated development like this new one  in Carleton Place at the end of Lake Ave West? Do we need to put a stormwater management pond on our town-owned parkland–Roy Brown Park? The “Bodnar Project” will add close to 600 new homes and cars.

 Pre-construction has already destroyed the wildlife corridor and eco system– and nothing has been built yet. This is inexcusable – it’s the proverbial biting the hand that feeds us.

RECORDED VOTE for the stormwater management pond and the way this land looks– Mayor Antonakos Yea– Councillor Black Nay– Councillor Doucett Yea– Deputy-Mayor Flynn Yea– Councillor Fritz Nay– Councillor Redmond Yea –Councillor Trimble Nay

Mark Smith added:

I’ll bet there won’t be different flowers in bloom during the different seasons, or butterflies, bees, dragon flies, green frogs, grass snakes, the 2 species of Ground Nesting Sparrows will be gone as well as most of the ground feeding birds since there will be no insects left, and I’ll bet no Monarchs either since there is very very little left of the Milkweed. (tiny little patch off to the side in the lower meadow within the Natural Environment area)

Wonder where they are going to get the water to water the planted grasses or sod, after they lay it, from now on… and on and on and on…. since there is NO tree cover or any plans for any (non shown), it will be in a huge open field and exposed to the sun from early morning till late evening with the same grasses as in your lawn. Imagine what your lawn would look like exposed to the sun morn till night without any watering this past summer!


Excerpt  from Policy Review Committee – August 16th, 2016 – Page 5

THAT staff engage Stantec and Cavanagh Construction, on a time and material basis, to construct Phase 1 of Roy Brown Park so that the pavilions and signage can proceed.

Pictures of what it used to look like and the nature shots you will not
see again (all the Meadows except a tiny, small tight spot are GONE)

The work to be done by the Developer is a dog park, flat structure  and open grass area (Phase 1) Why it is being stripped of top soil I cannot understand.– Photos and text by Mark Smith








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The ground cover also destroyed/damaged in the Northern Meadow when putting
in the trails. It appears to me they just drove where ever they wanted
to without any consideration for the ground cover (very thin, on bedrock).- Photos and text by Mark Smith



No longer exists


No longer exists


They also destroyed 1 of the only 3 birch trees in the park (I believe)
and badly damaged another putting the trail through from the swamp
culvert (Gas line trail) to Boundary road–Photos and text by Mark Smith


How much more?

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Are we in Neverland? Concerns from Carleton Place Citizens #1

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I got a few emails from concerned citizens the past few days so I decided I would write about their concerns together.
Email from Concerned Citizen-
I must have been in Neverland for awhile, but today I noticed all the trees gone from the wooded area on Highway 7 between Mississippi Road and the Mississippi  Valley Conservation Authority. I mean totally gone–then I remember someone on Facebook saying 200 maple trees had been decimated to the upset of many birds and small animals but didnt know what it was about….Do you know ….I assume a new housing project????
From what I can see the developer has gone in and has started blazing their road network, and unfortunately this seems to be allowed. As part of an approved development, plans for tree preservation are usually required, but there seems to be no officially approved plan, so they can do whatever they want.
I believe this happened before when another developer did it three years ago with its pending development North of Wall Mart. As no agreement for tree preservation was signed off they could cut down as much as they wanted.
If, however, any of this cutting is on TOWN OWNED property I would hope that some serious questions are posed. Each tree matters, and developers should be under serious scrutiny —so much so, that the loss of even just a handful could wipe out an entire species of flora and fauna forever.
New research encompassing some 50 studies worldwide shows that cutting down even just three to four trees per hectare of primary forest already results in species loss, changing ecosystem services (i.e. nutrient cycling), biological resources (i.e. potential sources of medicine), and social benefits (i.e. recreation through birdwatching and hiking) provided by forests. I understand we need housing- but let’s work together with a tree preservation plan. If you think this is all hogwash-read my blog I did this week when three maples on my property were cut down this week due to decay, I was shocked how it affected the birds in the area.
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Another email asked me if it was correct that a developer was putting in a proposed waste water sewage pond in Roy Brown Park. I have heard lots of talk, but so far, I believe no deal has yet been made.
So what’s a waste water sewage pond?  Stabilization ponds (also called lagoons or waste stabilization ponds) use a natural process for wastewater treatment that employs a combination of macrophytic plants, substrates and microorganisms in a more or less artificial pond to treat wastewater. The technique is frequently used to treat municipal wastewater, industrial effluent, municipal run-off or stormwater. After treatment, the effluent may be returned to surface water or reused as irrigation water (or reclaimed water) if the effluent quality is high enough.
I realize water from these sources are used to irrigate golf courses etc.–but do we really want one on our nature trails in the park? It’s not up to me to decide, but NO ONE should ever give up the good fight for a good cause.  Without active citizens our world would be a much less just and humane place.

This was posted on the CarletonPlace.com portal

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