Horse­men can’t af­ford pas­ture fees

Cost per hectare went from $1 to $4

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Two mem­bers of the Vic­to­ria Horse­man As­so­ci­a­tion at­tended the reg­u­lar Feb. 23 meet­ing of the Town of Vic­to­ria.

The mem­bers were there to dis­cuss a re­newal ap­pli­ca­tion for the Com­mu­nity Pas­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to min­utes from the meet­ing, the cost per hectare went from $ 1 to $ 4, mean­ing it will now cost $ 406.80 in fees, which the as­so­ci­a­tion says it can’t af­ford to pay.

Af­ter some dis­cus­sion the “ as­so­ci­a­tion was ad­vised not to pay the fees be­cause the in­crease im­posed by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Lands is still be­ing looked into,” the min­utes state.

Be­cause the fees are not paid to date, the land will not re­vert back to gov­ern­ment, say the min­utes, and the sit­u­a­tion is on hold un­til the mat­ter is cleared up.

Fore­man’s re­port

The town’s work­ing fore­man sub­mit­ted his re­port, which in­cluded check­ing the wa­ter sys­tem daily, work­ing on the lift sta­tion on Church Road, snow clear­ing and sand­ing, re­pairs to trucks, dig­ging out hy­drants and in­stalling a cut- ting edge on the town’s pickup.

The fore­man noted a res­i­dent on High­way East has been shov­el­ling snow onto a hy­drant there and the clerk was asked to write the res­i­dent about the mat­ter.

Bound­aries

Coun­cil tabled a copy of a let­ter from a lawyer, which ap­pears to have a let­ter from a sur­veyor at­tached in­di­cat­ing a res­i­dent from Fresh­wa­ter is not within the bound­ary of the town of Vic­to­ria.

The lawyer is ask­ing for a re­ply and re­quested the town con­firm it has no in­ter­est in the res­i­dent’s land lo­cated on Fresh­wa­ter Road.

Af­ter dis­cussing the mat­ter, coun­cil pointed out it can­not con­firm it has no in­ter­est in the land un­til it does its own sur­vey. It was noted a sur­vey would be too costly and of no ben­e­fit to the town at the present time.

Bills

Coun­cil ap­proved pay­ment of bills to­talling about $ 18,500.

At­ten­dance

Mayor Arthur Burke, Deputy Mayor Barry Doo­ley and Coun­cil­lors Robert Clarke, Vi­vian His­cock, Aubrey Rose and David Bourne at­tended the meet­ing. Coun. Inge­mar Dean was ab­sent due to work com­mit­ments.

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