Environment

Integrated Sustainability Community Plan

The development of an Integrated Sustainability Community Plan (ISCP) for the Town of
Minto was undertaken in three stages:

Deciding Priorities

To start, sustainability was defined to encompass both subjective and objective
characteristics. This definition was used to examine the Town’s vision, and set the stage
for a thorough review of its strategic documents in which themes were noted, issues
listed, and problems flagged. These were summarised and reclassified into sustainability
themes that were then reviewed with the Town’s Environment and Energy Committee as
well as Council. Key informant interviews were done with opinion leaders and a public
survey was undertaken. All of this was used to elucidate the goals for the Plan.


Researching Parameters

The Goals of this plan were derived from the subjective aspirations and priorities of the
people of Minto. Each goal was carefully researched to help understand it in order to
determine reasonable targets. The Targets are measurable objectives intended to fulfil
each goal, which in turn helped to scope out necessary tasks.


Implementing Solutions

A list of tasks was created. The Tasks are a set of management activities intended to
achieve the targets. A timeline and monitoring schedule was also included, to help
implement the Plan.

Integrated Sustainability Community Plan

Green Energy

To Supporters of Solar Energy in Minto

Many of you know the Town of Minto partnered with Sun Saver 2 for eight solar panels to be placed on Town properties under the MicroFIT program for installations under 100kW. In addition to supporting this green energy initiative, the Town receives nearly $10,000 per year for the next 20 years for hosting the solar panels. Soon you will be able to see the on-going output of these panels in real time on our website.

Town Council is very pleased with this initiative, and worked with Sun Saver 2 on approvals for seven sites for projects over 100kW. These larger solar projects must meet many more rules than MicroFIT projects. The Minto Green Energy Co-op has been formed, with over 50 members who provided a declaration of support for these larger solar installations. The applications have been submitted for the following locations:

43 James Street, Clifford                             Ground Mount

5576 Highway 9, Harriston                          Ground Mount

111 George Street, Harriston                       Rooftop Mount

Minto Road, Palmerston                              Ground Mount

5941 Hwy 89, Harriston                               Rooftop Mount

520 Cavan Street, Palmerston                    Rooftop Mount

2 Brown Street West, Clifford                      Rooftop Mount

The Ontario Power Authoirty has advised that our applications were not successful this round, but there are further rounds in 2013 and 2014. Stay tuned for further information.

For more information check out the Green Energy Co-operative of Ontario site (http://geco.coop/), and Sun Saver 2 representative Bill King's corporate site (www.kwpowerlogic.com).

Weed Control

Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed has been documented in Ontario since 1949.  It is distinguished by its huge size, its very large, compound leaf blades, its tall, thick, hollow, often sharply roughened stems, and its large flat-topped compound inflorescence with white flowers and large, flat fruits with prominent dark-coloured oil tubes. Flowering inflorescences are often heavily infested by aphids.

Giant Hogweed identification videos are now located on the OMAF and MRA website home page as well as at the following links:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/insects/weeds.html

What do to if you suspect giant hogweed:

Call or E-mail The Wellington County Weed Inspector

John C. Benham
519-846-3394
jcbenham@icloud.com