Mansonville citizens not being heard
With almost seventy citizens present at Monday’s council meeting in the Township of Potton, and almost eighty percent of those opposed to a project to change the zoning beside the Montagnes Vertes nature reserve so promoters can host motorized recreational activities, the town council went ahead and voted to change the zoning. The vote was 3 to 2, and taken before the question period with the citizens of the town.
The land in question is 52 acres in size and owned by Club Ruiter Brook which can now hold two motorized events per year on the land. Potton Township mayor Louis Pierre Veillon was quoted in a French daily saying “We need to attract all kinds of people here to help the economy.” Owl’s Head was suggested by opponents as a possible site for such an activity but was told that the area there was too small.
Citizens will try to force a referendum on the issue. In 2012, an event organizer tried to get permission from the town’s council for permanent usage to hold snowmobile races at the Ruiter Brook Club but was given only temporary usage.
The Montagnes Vertes nature reserve is the largest reserve east of Saskatchewan.