TBL’S mayor re-elec­tion to the slaugh­ter­house?

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY NEWS -

Need­less to re­peat the ar­gu­ments and ques­tions about the con­tro­ver­sial pig slaugh­ter­house project on Mill Road well pub­li­cized in the last weeks. Many steps must be done be­fore all ap­provals are ob­tained. The mayor and coun­cil, in good faith I am sure, de­cided to fast track the bu­reau­cratic road by sup­port­ing im­me­di­ately the pro­moter’s project to the CPTAQ con­sid­er­ing the time it takes for a de­ci­sion. We would all like to see the con­tent of that sup­port let­ter to the CPTAQ and see if proper con­sid­er­a­tions and con­di­tions were set along with this sup­port. More trans­parency on this let­ter would be wel­come. Wait­ing for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion to fi­nally re­ject the project is a waste of time, ef­forts, and money both for the town and the pro­moter him­self. At­ten­dance at the West Brome coun­cil meet­ing of Septem­ber 5 was quite con­clu­sive on the over­whelm­ing op­po­si­tion to the project.

As with other past projects end­ing up be­ing re­jected, the Bur­combe ad­min­is­tra­tion failed again in get­ting po­lit­i­cal and so­cial ac­cept­abil­ity be­fore go­ing ahead.

The only ques­tion­able ad­van­tage of that project is get­ting more taxes, but at what cost? At­tract­ing more taxes has al­ways been the easy way out of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to be taken. We have seen it in the past with the lake ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sue when Bondville beach was of­fered twice to the town at ac­ces­si­ble prices. Last year it was Foster Park be­side Dou­glass Beach de­spite the fact that the town’s strate­gic plan urges for lake ac­ces­si­bil­ity (goal 3 ac­tion 10). More taxes and no re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, which is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion for more money com­ing in with no cost for ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­i­ties avoided. So much for vi­sion of our fu­ture.

As an hon­est per­son Mayor Bur­combe can­didly ad­mit­ted this slaugh­ter­house project was po­lit­i­cal sui­cide for him in view of the up­com­ing elec­tion. Ob­vi­ously, coun­cil mem­bers have painted them­selves in the cor­ner and now need to walk over the paint. Hoping they de­cide to im­me­di­ately back out of this un­ac­cept­able slaugh­ter­house project and avoid pol­lut­ing the next elec­tion with it so we can all ad­dress the real is­sues that TBL is con­fronted with.

Bondville knew all the time.

Bur­combe was up­set when he told the pub­lic that on the July 4 meet­ing it was on the agenda to send re­quest to the CPTAQ but that no one was at the meet­ing. It’s easy for him to send an im­por­tant email to every­one about wa­ter or road con­di­tions, how­ever a 35 mil­lion dol­lar project was not im­por­tant enough for him to ad­vise the pub­lic be­fore­hand. So as a cover-up and ter­ri­ble plan­ning he blames the cit­i­zens for his group’s er­rors.

Mr. Arel told me when I asked him ques­tions via email that they would prob­a­bly all be an­swered at the coun­cil meet­ing; not one was an­swered, looks like birds of a feather flock to­gether.

Fur­ther­more Mr. Bur­combe and Mr. Arel, had you done a lit­tle search­ing be­fore send­ing your re­quest to CPTAQ you would quickly have no­ticed that this was not the busi­ness for Knowl­ton, you are en­tirely to blame for this fi­asco, not the cit­i­zens.

The cit­i­zens have suf­fered enough of this type of man­age­ment — four years of it. Most of your projects have turned sour — ex­am­ples: Paul Hol­land Knowl­ton House, Nuhab, pool, and now the pig slaugh­ter­house. Good thing the cit­i­zens got in­volved or where would we be now? What ex­actly do think your group is go­ing to ac­com­plish if it can­not con­sult and dis­cuss be­fore go­ing gung-ho on any brought forth project. Once again your

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