INSIDE Shelburne Town Council: Arsenic, Builders & Sewers, & High Speed Rail Has Ontario Federation of Agriculture Concerned

Inside Town Council

Meeting Held December 18 2017, last meeting of the year. As video is not allowed during Council meetings, audio recordings are featured below covering the following topics. This meeting lasted almost three hours! Click here for audio. 

Ontario Federation of Agriculture Share Concerns For Impact High Speed Rail May Have On Land

Representatives from OFA( Ontario Federation Of Agriculture, Wellington, Waterloo, and Dufferin) presented themselves to Shelburne Town Council asking Shelburne Town Council to consider their concerns when making decisions in the future regarding land use and sale for development. It’s worth a listen if you are a farmer, a person living in the area or in Dufferin County, and especially interesting when imagining the issue of farming and food supply can affect the general public greatly. ” We are the biggest stewards of the land and we leave it better than we found it. We’re a significant employer in the County. We have concerns over high speed rail that would greatly impact the land, ” commented OFA Member, Gord Grant.


Two local builders continued to express their concerns and frustrations in a second visit to Council  over the sewer issues surrounding the semi detached they purchased on 121 Marion Street. The builders would like to re-build a structure on that property but are caught up in serious legislative issues that go as far back as the 1970’s when sewers and plumbing were subject to different laws and regulations than today’s builders face. In addition to that, their property’s sewer system seems to run under their neighbours property and there is some legal question as to who should pay to re-route the sewer line, (town or Builder or homeowner) ,  if the sewer line can be relocated, and the situation becomes even more complicated as it involves a a neighbour’s sewer line. Shelburne is not the only community faced with these legal problems that were unknowingly created in the passed and today’s Council is left with the burden of coming up with a legal and amicable solution that will set a precedence for future builders. More will be considered and discovered in January 2018 when local builders return to council looking for answers.


Shelburne Engineer, Steve Burnett explained to Council that the Local Health Unit has recently updated standards surrounding the level of naturally occurring arsenic levels that are acceptable in water. Burnett explained that Shelburne’s Well #3, one of the older wells looked at  which provides only 25% of Shelburne’s water even on the hottest day of the year, will definitely meet updated standards and there is absolutely nothing for Shelburnites to worry about. Those with questions or concerns can contact their local Health Unit who are more than happy to explain the situation and will stress there is no health issue or warning to issue, Carol Sweeney, acting CAO was very clear on.

Other Highlights:

*Shelburne’s “Report Card” Not Very Good According to the Asset Management Plan. The information provided by the Asset Management Plan is according to Town Treasurer, Carey Holmes, is useful but sometimes based on outdated information. Designed to help council make decisions, the report card painted many areas of improvement and revealed Shelburne makes the grade on road repair for the most part. More information this can be found on the Town of Shelburne Website. 

*Shelburne Councillors took the opportunity to sign up for established committees or resign their seat in 2018.

*Further consideration will be needed regarding new ATV By-Laws before they are able to become law. Many concerns have been brought fourth to Shelburne Police Services regarding the use of ATV’s on the streets of Shelburne while enroute to ATV paths. Concerns range from noise, inability to police effectively,  and the use of children driving the ATV’s. Updates on the situation to come in the new year.