South Dundas inks grain terminal building permit

Farmers Steven Byvelds, standing, and Warren Schneckenburger make a presentation to South Dundas council on Dec. 16, 2014 in support of the grain terminal on Lakeshore Dr. They say the project will bring $2 million in economic spinoff to the region. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

MORRISBURG – A proposed grain terminal at a deep water port, west of Morrisburg, has taken another definitive step forward.

The municipality recently issued a building permit for the UTI property on Lakeshore Drive.

But the permit process appears to be in a legal quagmire as it’s been reportedly sent to municipal lawyers and nobody’s talking.

South Dundas’ mayor, CAO and a NorAg Resources spokesman, the proponent for the terminal, were mum on the issue, according to the Morrisburg Leader.

The primary opponents of the development – Chris and Leslie Rowntree – evidently got a copy of the permit through their lawyer.

They are appealing it to a Superior Court of Justice, under the rules in the Ontario Building Code Act.

The Ontario Grain Terminals facility would consist of two, 20,000 ton grain bins – similar to the grain bins you see on family farms – with the possibility to adding two more in the future, depending on demand. There would also be an off-load area for trucks with a dust control system, according to NorAg Resources.

This Google Maps satellite photo shows the proposed location for the grain terminal in South Dundas…

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