Workers at chemical tank site: witness

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This image from Guy St-Jean shows some snow clearing taking place at the site of a controversial chemical tank project in Cornwall.

CORNWALL, Ontario - There was activity at the site of a controversial chemical tank farm on Cornwall's waterfront, said a witness Monday.

Guy St-Jean said he saw as many as five people, wearing hard hats, completing activity at the site of a pair of chemical tanks adjacent to the Cornwall Harbour.

It's been weeks since work was done at the site. City council, back in December, passed an interim control bylaw barring any work at the site.

"Around 8:45 a.m. I took my dog for his usual walk down by the water," said St-Jean, who lives in the area. "We arrived at the harbour and I heard noise coming from the tank area. As I moved closer...I saw this piece of machinery clearing snow around the tanks."

St-Jean said several hours later he passed the site and the workers were then concentrating on other areas.

"The gates were open and I saw three to four workers with hard hats on doing some work to the structures," he said.

There was nothing official released by the city on the issue, though some city councillors said they were looking for answers.

Coun. David Murphy said he had submitted a request for information from CAO Norm Levac, though he has yet to receive a response.

The city can take legal means to ensure its interim control bylaw is enforced.

More to come.

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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  • Joe Friday
    February 17, 2014 - 22:53

    Golly gee Martha, "gotta be an election soon", a Councillor (Murphy) actually asked a question on the above matter ! Did he get permission from his Lordship the Mayor ? Why the interest all of a sudden Murph ? Not a peep out from anybody at Council ? Why is that ? The cat got your tongues ? We won't forget come October, will we Martha ?