ABERFOYLE – When the Halton North truck inspection stations close, it appears they may be moving west to Puslinch.
A recent public information session held by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) was discussed by Puslinch council on Nov. 21.
In October 2017, the E1 and W1 options – near the intersection of Highway 401 and Victoria Road – were identified as the preferred MTO locations due to the relatively flat terrain.
Both are also on designated prime agricultural land.
The facilities will replace the east and west Halton North truck inspection stations near Trafalgar Road, which will close as a result of the widening of the 401.
Councillor John Sepulis wants the MTO to make a direct presentation to council with specific information on the impact and proposed mitigations.
Sepulis also requested the municipality have access to environmental reports and he asked to set aside municipal funds to have a township consultant review the reports.
Councillor Matthew Bulmer attended the information session and said, “The two (alternatives) … selected were the two that were the most practical.”
Bulmer said the one thing he did not see was anything to deal with mitigation of lighting.
Noting service centres on the other side of the township “are like cities at night,” he expressed concern “this could have significant impact to the neighbours because of the lighting associated with these centres.”
Mayor Dennis Lever, who also attended the information session, reiterated concerns about the impact of lighting.
He noted MTO representatives did speak to council following a previous information session, so asking them now is a good approach.
He said if reports are forwarded ahead of time, some questions might be addressed prior to the meeting.