Home­own­ers de­serve more sup­port

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL - David But­ler Syd­ney

Tom McNeil’s let­ter (‘Home­owner not happy tak­ing one for ‘Lib­eral team’, Cape Bre­ton Post, Feb. 10) brings up some very rel­e­vant points as well as some con­fu­sion.

Firstly, in my opin­ion there is no doubt that th­ese home­own­ers have been shafted by ev­ery level of gov­ern­ment – the mu­nic­i­pal, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral. All the prom­ises made by them were just for the cam­eras it seems. Th­ese peo­ple are be­ing nick­eled and dimed and the onus should be on the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment to be stand­ing up to the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral author­i­ties to get th­ese peo­ple back on their feet.

As to the con­fu­sion I re­ferred to, McNeil’s let­ter refers to Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity plan­ning di­rec­tor Mal­colm Gil­lis say­ing that south end flood­ing is by de­sign. But re­gard­ing Gil­lis’ state­ment that the south end park was de­signed as a re­ten­tion pond if McNeil is re­fer­ring to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity not be­ing proac­tive to the prob­lem such as widen­ing the part of the brook through Open Hearth Park when it was be­ing built I don’t see it.

First of all, I lived on Hil­lview Ave. in Syd­ney from 1947 un­til I mar­ried and moved out. We still re­tain the fam­ily home. In my 70 years I know we never had flood­ing like that. The park area re­ferred to was al­ways flat. There were two ball fields there and a third lo­cated where Brook­land El­e­men­tary School now stands. Cabot St. and Royal Ave. ended at Hil­lview Ave. I’ve seen the wa­ter flood the fields but there were lots of trees to help ab­sorb wa­ter back then. A few years ago work was done to Wash Brook which was to al­le­vi­ate flood­ing which it did the first big rain af­ter.

The bot­tom line is the peo­ple af­fected by the Thanks­giv­ing Day flood de­serve the very best ef­forts of this mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment.

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