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Water beyond borders: Camp wants Cobourg services extended after province moves to see septic systems removed

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Negotiations to expand services into the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Eastern Ontario camp east of Cobourg in Hamilton Townshp is on hold awaiting more information, says the township's chief administrative officer Arthur Anderson.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Negotiations to expand services into the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Eastern Ontario camp east of Cobourg in Hamilton Townshp is on hold awaiting more information, says the township's chief administrative officer Arthur Anderson.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

COBOURG & HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -- The Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp (LPC) is looking at options to meet the Environment Ministry's desire to eliminate individual septic systems at its Lake Ontario cottages, says local cottager Hugo Sonnenberg.

The Ministry wants a "central community waste water treatment system," he stated in an e-mail interview.

"With the help of our environmental and engineering consultants, we are investigating the possible options that are available. As the facilities in the Town of Cobourg are some 1,300 meters from LPC, we are investigating the option to connect to the town's system," Sonnenberg stated.

Asked if the camp, located on the eastern limit of Cobourg in Hamilton Township, is looking to expand, he replied: "there are no plans for expansion. This is only to service the existing camp facilities."

Hamilton Township's chief administrative officer, Arthur Anderson, says the Pentecostal camp is "in the process of preparing the necessary engineering and financial cost studies.

"The township and the Town (of Cobourg) are presently awaiting this information before we can undertake a proper review."

Sonnenberg, meantime, says the Pentecostal camp is "waiting on Cobourg Town Council for its response to our request.

"This will then allow us to complete our evaluation of our options."

A township staff report recommends that its staff, and staff from the Town of Cobourg, Lakefront Utilities, Pentecostal camp officials and reps from Sabic Industries (a close neighbour of the camp in Cobourg's east end industrial park) work to "prepare a servicing plan and agreement that is acceptable to all parties."

There have been discussions in the past but Cobourg has been firm in not extending town services past its borders.

A comprehensive report from township staff provided the following information to township council this past fall.

"Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp has been advised by the MOECC (environment ministry) that they must upgrade their on-site wastewater treatment from individual septic systems as well as pump out tank systems to a central collection and sewage treatment system. They have retained Oakridge to do several environmental reviews as well as Landmark Associates to provide engineering for the system.

"Their Environmental Compliance Application (ECA) has required several revisions each resulting in the system becoming more complex and in turn more expensive. They are currently in the process of preparing a revised ECA application which involves process facilities to meet MOECC requirements to discharge into Lake Ontario.

"During this process, they are also revisiting various options, one of which is the possibility to connect to the Cobourg Wastewater Treatment Plant at Normar Road. This plant is approximately 1,300 meters due west of the Camp. If this is possible, it may be the most cost effective system for them.

"Camp representatives have been exploring this option with staff at the Normar Road Waste Water Treatment Plant to determine if there is capacity. They advise that their daily volume of 20 to 160 cubic meters of waste per day from May to November would be in the order of O.5/u to 3°/b of their current daily process volume. As well the plant is operating below its design capacity."

The report also addresses the possibility of supplying water services.

"The Camp has approached the Township for its support in approaching the Town formally to discuss obtaining access to water and sewer services and reaching an agreement between the Town, Township and subsequently the Camp. "

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