Councillor’s Column – June 2017

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Please give us your thoughts on our artesian well!

 

If you like the taste and purity of water from our 100-year-old artesian Sulphur Springs well, then please help me try keep the tap open for you to enjoy.

As most of you probably know, the popular watering spot in our community is under threat of closure by the Hamilton Conservation Authority because it is being ordered to do so by senior levels of government.

The acceptable level of arsenic which is a natural ingredient is changing from 25 parts per billion to 10. The Sulphur Springs well is around 20. A lot of people do not like City water because it contains fluoride and chlorine. The site has been signed, warning the public about the new acceptable arsenic limits, but ultimately the public should be able to make their own choices. If you have a strong opinion either way please request delegation status to appear before the Conservation Authority Board to tell us your thoughts by contacting Judy Love at 905-525-2181 ext. 112. The closure does not need to happen until January 1, 2018. The well proposed for closure is not the well with sulphur smell but the artesian well just south of Governors Road.

 

I also want to provide an update on the playground equipment that will be installed mid-summer at Perth Park. With home construction at the former Grange School site complete, the new play structures will not be intrusive and will fit nicely with the natural surroundings backing onto the ravine. I believe residents of the neighbourhood will be pleased with the passive development. More good news, the walkway between Robina Road and Greenleaf has now been reopened, so the playground is now fully accessible to the Perth Park neighbourhood.

I can’t write this column without an update on the Wilson Street re-development. I am pleased to report that the construction work is proceeding on schedule and I want to thank residents for their patience as they deal with the traffic disruptions. November will be a time of great celebration in the core when this project is done and we can enjoy its many features.

Another inconvenience – or should I say nuisance – has been the recent infestations of the notorious gypsy moth caterpillar and canker worms that eat the leaves off trees.

While it’s too late to spray for any effect this year, I have asked Public Works to prepare a report on an aggressive campaign for the Spring of 2018 so we can avoid having them wreaking havoc in our yards, parks and open spaces.

Finally, I want to extend a huge thank you on behalf of Ancaster residents to Co-Chairs Nancy Benedict and Aaron Gerrard and the whole Heritage Days Committee for their work in making Heritage Days another fantastic success. As I took in many of the events, it was great to see so many people, of all ages, having such a wonderful time.

As always, if you need to reach me for any reason, please contact my office at City Hall at 905-546-2704. You can also contact me by e-mail at Lloyd.Ferguson@hamilton.ca.

Jun 22, 2017