Horsemen can’t afford pasture fees
Cost per hectare went from $1 to $4
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.
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.
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.
Council approved payment of bills totalling about $ 18,500.
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.