Level One Tasks Excluded from Approval Process
The Town can, while the above process is being completed, complete some maintenance tasks needed in the Beaver Boardwalk Area. This comes following an early morning email on Friday, September 11, 2020 when we received official notice from AEP that tasks defined as Level 1 are excluded from requiring approval. Previous to an official exclusion notice received on Friday, the Town had been directed that these type of activities did require approval. The Town worked with AEP through supplemental information requests and site visits to ensure an understanding of the project and it’s interactions with relevant provincial policy, leading to this exclusion.
These are minor tasks with minimal impact to the surrounding areas, such as alignment and non-substantive maintenance within the existing footprint. Example activities include reinforcement, straightening/re-erecting of existing slouched section, and reinforcement of existing load bearing supports.
As the Town has been anticipating this decision for some time, staff were primed for this announcement and preparation for work began on Friday. Activity will likely be seen in the area this week.
Parks and potential contracted employees are required to carry out manufacturing and construction type tasks outside of the wetland area to minimize impact.