UPDATE: City, Trillium talk plan that will see company leave waterfront after one summer, says source

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Waterfront tanks

CORNWALL, Ontario - City hall has discussed a plan that would allow Trillium Distribution to operate a pair of chemical storage tanks on the waterfront for one summer, before finding another location for the facility.

A source with knowledge of the talks confirmed the information to Seaway News, but wished to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to speak on the subject.

Any decision on such a plan would likely have to come within the next few weeks, as the calcium chloride that will be contained in the tanks will start being transported to customers for summer use as a dust suppressor.

There is also a court date set for mid-April when the municipality and Trillium will appear before a judge on the Cornwall's interim control bylaw.

The source said the city will likely seek a legal agreement with Trillium to ensure that once the season is over the company will have to vacate the waterfront property in Cornwall.

Chuck Charlebois, president of Groupe Renaissance Group, one of the critics of the tank project, was guardedly optimistic about the future.

"If it's true it's going in the right direction," he said. "But it brings on a bunch of questions.

"Our objective is to remove the tanks…but does one year come with any baggage? Somebody has to pay for this."

Chief among those questions is who will pay the bills that have already been wracked up by the project?

Cornwall CAO Norm Levac would not talk specifically about the scenario when asked point blank if it was possible - or even being discussed.

"It's really not something we have control of," he said. "There's been a lot of options that have gone around."

Levac pointed out the city does not own the property where the tanks are being built.

But the city, in conjunction with Akwesasne, has expressed an interest in assuming ownership of the property through the federal government's port divestiture program.

Those talks are ongoing.

Organizations: Seaway News

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ontario

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  • Francis Rounding
    March 29, 2014 - 07:27

    This seems strange to me, smells like they are trying to shut up the people asking questions. If the tanks are not to be used after one year Why Even Finish them? This is simply a smoke screen so that the tanks can be completed and then we will hear, "Well we can't take them out now, too much money invested". The city needs to take a strong stand on this and Stop the Tanks Now. Not next year. If it smell like B/S then it is probably B/S and they need to be called on it.

  • SpiritBEAVER1
    March 29, 2014 - 04:05

    Cornwall CAO Norm Levac says they have no control over the situation What a wonderful mess city hall has gotten us into. Guess unless something happens within sight of their offices they are totally in the dark. No wonder why Fedoraboy has so much to write about on his blog

  • BARESPIRIT2
    March 29, 2014 - 03:57

    Typical Cornwall nonsense with the Mayor making deals behind closed doors under the table however u want to label it If they are allowed to open for a year do you really believe they will now magically disappear. Lets be real here folks

  • spiritbear1
    March 28, 2014 - 20:16

    As long as it is part of the land claims settlement I would agree but being a taxpayer in Cornwall I would not agree with a partnership with Akwesasne because anything Cornwall would like to do with the property would come with strings attached. I do not like strings.