If you run for Council of Ancaster Dundas Hamilton West – be prepared to address this topic.
The Ancaster Well is a Legacy of Farmer William Kennedy – who donated the land and deeded access to the Public Access, because he knew the wells were dug with Publicly funded money, and paid for with Community grants. Ancaster Wells served the town of Ancaster as the community’s main water source, prior to Amalgamation.
Mr Kennedy passed away in 2014. The Family farm has been up for sale. He is not here to defend his legacy. So we have to step up and do that for him.
When the Hamilton Conservation Authority purchased the Ancaster Well for $55,000 – and then obtained 60,000 in grants, assuring continued public access to the Ancaster Well.
Despite these Grant Applications the Hamilton Conservation Authority were actively planning the development of this resource with Phase 3 – selling commercial water
And indeed they embarked on a long study in 2002 it was decided, at that time bottling water would not be profitable…. That was 16 years ago…….
Could it be that after the land transfer in 1998, the Hamilton Conservation Authority could not further develop the land because of the Restrictive Covenants on the land document, which was protected by the still living Farmer William Kennedy.
Could it be that perhaps the Hamilton Conservation Authority and specifically Scott Peck, who knew that there were challenges with developing a Environmentally Sensitive Area. Hoped that with the help of a vote from Councillor Ferguson hoped the community might forget that the HCA has a legal obligation to continue to provide public access to the Ancaster Well.
If you were Councillor and sitting on the board of a Corporation that is the Hamilton Conservation Authority and you pledged to consult the community and were charged with representing the people who elected you, and given that you have all of this information available to you.
Would you choose to Fence the Ancaster Well, or would you keep the Ancaster Well in the hand of your community?
So the fence is still up…. We are still here. There are people still actively working towards a resolution that will return public access to this Community well. As legally deeded.
It looks like the Ancaster Well might end up a hot topic for our Provincial Elections.
Who will step up in this election to protect free access the Ancaster Well by amending the Ontario Provincial Drinking Water Standards to
EXCLUDE NATURALLY OCCURING WATER SOURCES.
Ted McMeekin has chosen not to……………….
Why do we need a legal fund?
The Hamilton Conservation has essentially just privatized a previously free source of drinking water.
If that alone doesn't concern then the details around the decision to put a fence around the Ancaster Well should.
There is no health order to close the well, this is a voluntary action to abide by a standard that doesn't have to apply.
The HCA could rename the well as an Artisan water source put up a sign and walk away.
The HCA has voted to (less one Councillor Aiden Johnson who voted against) on motion of Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson fence the well and stop testing.
That is not what the Ancaster community was hoping for.
This is a big deal and needs further investigation, please donate and support our efforts to allow free access for water at the Ancaster.
SAVE OUR SPRING!