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Drainage and Storm Water
Contractors must apply every three years to renew their prequalified status with the Town of Lakeshore. Contractors that have not submitted a bid in a two year period will be removed from the list. Performances may be evaluated and if they are deemed unsatisfactory, contractors may be removed from the list in accordance with section 4.12 of the purchasing by-law and policy.
The Town of Lakeshore has a total land area of approximately 540 square kilometres, of which approximately 500 square kilometres is rural area. The rural area in the Town of Lakeshore is virtually entirely under intensive agricultural production and the lands require effective artificial drainage to be productive. The majority of these storm drainage systems have been constructed under the Drainage Act. There are approximately 1000 municipal drains which total 1040 kilometres of open and closed drainage systems. In addition, there are approximately 60 pump stations. Under current drainage legislation, the Town of Lakeshore is responsible for overseeing the maintenance, repair, improvement, or expansion of this drain infrastructure.
This division is responsible for managing approximately 1000 municipal drains which total 1100 kilometres of open and closed drainage systems. In addition, there are approximately 60 pump stations. These storm drainage systems have been constructed under the Drainage Act and under current drainage legislation the Town of Lakeshore is responsible for overseeing the maintenance, repair, improvement or expansion of this drain infrastructure.
Under Section 74 of the Drainage Act, municipalities are responsible to maintain municipal drainage systems within their jurisdiction. Drain maintenance within the jurisdiction of the Town of Lakeshore is considered upon request of the road authority, the drainage superintendent or landowner(s) within the watershed. The following is a procedure for initiating maintenance on a Municipal Drain:
The control of cattails and phragmites within Municipal Drains is managed by a more expedient process. The following is the procedure for initiating the cutting or spraying of cattails and phragmites in a Municipal Drain;
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The assessed cost of maintenance will appear on your tax bill the year after construction. The municipality will obtain agricultural grants and bill the remainder as per the current by-law and engineer's report for the said municipal drain.
Under Section 78 of the Drainage Act, landowners can request to repair or to improve the whole or part of a drainage system. All projects under Section 78 require an appointment of a drainage engineer to prepare an engineer's report. The following are common landowner requests for repair and improvements:
The following is a procedure for a request to repair or improvement to a municipal drain:
The assessed cost as per the engineer's report will be billed directly or you can debenture the cost over 5 years on your taxes, which include the interest rate of the debenture. The invoice must be greater than $750 in order to debenture. If the request is greater than or equal to $5,000, a request for a ten (10) year period from the date of the debenture can be approved, with interest from the date of debenture.
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Tile loan funds are available through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and are administered on a first come first served basis. The term of the loan is 10 years and repayment is due annually. The interest rate for the loans issued under the program will be 6%, fixed for the 10 year term of the loan. Interest is compounded annually and the loan can be paid out any time without penalty.
More information available by visiting the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.