as published by yourregion.com
Markham’s mayor, town staff and a local councillor have cancelled tomorrow night’s meeting to discuss controversial plans for a former Thornhill landfill site, but residents, angry at the last-minute change of plans, say they will meet anyway to brainstorm ways to defeat the initiative.
Members of the newly formed Settlers Park Residents Association are inviting the community to meet at Thornhill Community Centre at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss their concerns about a proposed aerobic system planned for the greenspace that abuts the park in southeast Thornhill.
Residents are concerned that the new technology, designed to speed up decomposition at a landfill that has been closed for 37 years, will destroy natural habitat and walking trails used by the community.
The test pilot project will be monitored by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Seneca College and SPL Beatty, a groundwater consulting firm.
Resident Kimberly Seymour, whose home backs onto the greenspace, said residents were not properly informed about the cancelled meeting, only learning about it yesterday from another ratepayer group’s website.
Thornhill councillor Howard Shore sent an e-mail to German Mills Residents Association’s mailing list last night saying the public meeting is being rescheduled and a new date will be set when the town, Ministry of Environment and “external agencies” are all available.
But Ms Seymour said the residents group has retained the room “so we can collaborate on what we can do as a concerned community and voice to the town how unprofessionally they have been communicating.
“We plan to make this meeting more interesting and worthwhile by offering a forum to discuss how to stand up to this environmentally unfriendly proposal.”
There will be a brief concert with a violinist and an art teacher will facilitate a class for children to create a piece of artwork to save the park and the wildlife, she said.
The drawings will be displayed at the Thornhill Community Centre and presented to the mayor and Markham Council.