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Madawaska Valley

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Press Release - Barry's Bay Landfill

Thursday, October 5, 2017

At the regular Council Meeting on October 4, 2017 the Council for the Township of Madawaska Valley passed By-Law 2017-114 authorizing the purchase of 11.86 acres of land for a contamination attenuation zone adjacent to the former Village of Barry’s Bay Landfill on Paugh Lake Road. Negotiations to purchase the land originally began after the former Village of Barry’s Bay was ordered by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to close the Barry’s Bay Landfill in 1998. Prior to the MOE issuing this Order, the former Village of Barry’s Bay had placed garbage on the adjacent property owner’s land outside the designated landfill footprint.
The closure of the Barry’s Bay Landfill became the responsibility of the Township of Madawaska Valley after amalgamation. Over the years, intermittent attempts to negotiate the purchase of the land required to close the landfill were unsuccessful. The Township of Madawaska Valley is currently under an Order from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to acquire the necessary land to proceed with the closure of the Barry’s Bay Landfill with a final deadline of December 31, 2017.
This summer, Mayor Kim Love, Operations Manager Hilary Kutchkoskie and Acting Deputy Clerk Gwen Dombroski reopened discussions with the adjacent property owners to identify the concerns preventing the two parties from coming to an agreement. Alternative solutions were sought by working with the municipality’s environmental consultant from Pinchin Ltd. and an agreement was reached for the purchase of the land. Mayor Love and Council are pleased to announce that this purchase will enable the municipality to comply with the MOECC order and close the Barry’s Bay Landfill.