March 2, 2015 – February 2, 2011 By-Law with attached Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding between Chatsworth and Georgian Bluffs are part of the Agenda Package for the Council meeting on March 4, 2015 (click on March 4, 2015 under the Council Meetings tab).

This page added Sept 18, 2014

There has only ever been one public meeting about the bio-digester.

According to this undated press release from late 2010, that meeting was held in Keady on October 1, 2009. I assume the information provided to the people who attended would have been roughly the same as in this press release.

Chatsworth By-Law 2011-9 dated February 2, 2011 authorized the main Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding.

Appendix “A” of Chatsworth By-Law 2012-35 dated September 5, 2012 is the Agreement that creates the Joint Management Board for the bio-digester.

Consistent with the “keep ‘em in the dark” philosophy of Chatsworth, it is doubtful that any of these documents has ever before seen the light of day. Note that the hand-written markings on the documents are mine. (When I finally received copies and reviewed them, I didn’t realize that I’d be the one to make them public.)

I filed a Freedom of Information request on June 11, 2014 to obtain documents and supporting information that should have been available at the time of the decisions being made to proceed with the project. Some documents have been provided so far, but there are more to come. Please stay tuned.

Upon first reading, three key aspects of the arrangements between Chatsworth and Georgian Bluffs jumped out at me. You may see other things when you read them.

First, by Article 5.9 of the Agreement, Chatsworth became an equal partner with Georgian Bluffs in bearing the cost of reduced tipping fees for certain businesses on the Sunset Strip in Georgian Bluffs.

By Article 5.4, Chatsworth also became an equal partner in sharing the cost of transportation of septage from these same businesses on the Sunset Strip (because transportation for these businesses is included in Schedule “C”). The Tab titled “Subsidies” provides more information.

Second, Schedule “B” (referred to in Article 2.1 of the Agreement) and the three tables in Schedule “C” (referred to in Article 5.9) are extracts from the Design Report that I have seen (but I do not yet have a copy). The Tab titled “Assumptions” provides more information.

Third, by Article 2 in the Memorandum of Understanding, Chatsworth agreed to provide landfill space for Georgian Bluffs. So far, I have not followed up on this except to the extent of including it in the above-noted Freedom of Information request.


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