Posted on January 25, 2017 at 10:00am
again for new Rockland OPP station
Mayor Guy Desjardins will try once more to see if a combined OPP/fire station setup might still be possible to replace the aging detachment building in Rockland.
Gregg Chamberlain, Vision
“We’re in negotiations with another (provincial) department,” Mayor Desjardins said during an interview following the Jan. 23 regular session of Clarence-Rockland council.
The mayor declined to give any more specific details on the subject, though he confirmed that part of his schedule during next week’s Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) includes a meeting with Marie-France Lalonde, the Orléans MPP who is the new minister for community safety and correctional services.
Mayor Desjardins will explain the City’s need for a new OPP station to Lalonde and also details of past negotiations with the OPP’s financial affairs and planning department.
“I really don’t think we had a fair deal,” Desjardins said, regarding the stumbling block in past talks about a combined OPP/fire station for Rockland.
He noted that the Town of Hawkesbury got a new OPP station built with the municipality providing the land for the station and the OPP covering the cost of construction. Desjardins thinks Clarence-Rockland’s original proposal for a combined OPP/fire station on the site of the existing Rockland fire hall had equal value.
“I still think our piece of land beside the fire hall is ideal,” he said.
Meanwhile a demolition crew took down the house on Laurier Street in Rockland that served as an office for Pilon fuel supply. The city had expropriated the property, located adjacent to the fire hall, in anticipation of future expansion of the Rockland fire station.
The fire department had several of its members, dressed in hazmat protection suits, monitoring the site during demolition of the building. A consultant’s inspection report indicated that the old building might contain asbestos as part of its building materials. Firefighters kept hoses spraying water over the site during demolition, as part of precaution to keep dust down.
Fire Chief Brian Wilson reported, during a phone interview, that all proper containment procedures were followed in case there was asbestos materials in the building debris. The debris were carted away for proper disposal and excavation of the site and the neighbouring land continued.
The City is now in legal negotiation regarding responsibility for cleanup costs of the site for any hazardous materials. If there was any oil residue in the ground where the Pilon building stood, it must be dug out and removed for decontamination and replaced with clean fill.