Council approves co-owner agreement - votes to proceed

Durham Council gave the go-ahead for the incinerator at the Special Meerting on Tuesday, July 26.

The vote as I recorded it was:

For: 16    Aker, Ballinger, Bath, Chapman, Clayton, Coe, Drew, England, Foster, McLean, Mercier, O'Connor, Perkins, Pidwerbecki, Ryan, Woo

Against: 7    Drumm, Henry, Jordan, Neal, O'Connell, Parish, Rodriguez

Absent: 5    Collier, Diamond, Marimpietri, Mitchell, Novak

The result was not unexpected.

The biggest discussion was over whether York Region should have to pay its 21% share of any monitoring and mitigation costs over and above what the Ministry requires. The Co-owner's agreement negotiated by Durham Works Commissioner, Cliff Curtis and other staff said that these would be paid 100% by whichever Region requested them. Several councillors pointed out that it was unlikely that York would ever request such measures since they don't have to breath the air downwind, but other councillors were falling all over themselves praising York as a good partner "who would do the right thing," etc.

The absence of Councillor Nancy Diamond was felt acutely. Nancy's husband had died on the weekend after a long illness and she apparently suffered a minor heart attack. She was taken to hospital but is expeced home soon.

In addition Shawn Collier who had seconded Diamond's motion at the Jun 29 meeting was also absent.

No mention was made of DurhamCLEAR's legal action