May 7, 2003

York Region pleased King Township Council prepared to accept connection to the York Durham Sewage System

NEWMARKET Bill Fisch, Regional Chair and CEO for The Regional Municipality of York, is pleased King Township Council is prepared to accept connection to the York Durham Sewage System (YDSS) for King City.

"It is the firm belief of York Regional Council that the York Durham Sewage System is the preferred servicing solution for the residents and businesses of King City," said Chair Fisch. "Our Council decision has always been based on the health of the citizens of King City, in conjunction with the YDSS being the most effective sewage system available."

The YDSS for King City has passed every legal challenge to date, and York Region is prepared to defend Regional By-law S-0060-2001-071 that gives York Region control of the King City system. However, in an attempt to avoid costly litigation, York Region will present a formal confidential proposal to the Township of King within the next week, and ask that a response be received from the Township prior to May 22nd.

If the Region's proposal is not accepted, York Region is prepared to proceed to court next month in defence of its By-law. York Region is not interested in mediation at this time, considering every effort at settlement has failed in the past.

The YDSS incorporates proven technology, and its gravity system is simple and better for the environment. This is the same technology used in the majority of collection systems across Ontario, including several York Region communities (such as Aurora and Whitchurch-Stouffville) that are situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Following more detailed review, York Region is prepared to accept a smaller diameter forcemain than originally proposed.

"The issue has never been about the size of the connection to the YDSS," added Chair Fisch. "The YDSS for King City has, and remains, a decision based on securing the long-term health protection for all King City residents by eliminating the problem of malfunctioning and failing septic systems."

* Please see attached Fact Sheet regarding York Region's proposed conventional gravity collection system for King City, compared to King Township's proposal for a local collection system.

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Fact Sheet

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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