Feeling wronged by Carbonear town council
I am a resident of Carbonear. I know that my husband and I are not the only people in town that feel they have been wronged by the town council. When I talk to other residents of this town that have problems with the town I tell them they should go to one of our councillors and tell them about their problem.
So I would like to share my feelings about this town. First, I would like to say thankyou to everyone who supported and talked with us when we were going through the ordeal with the town and the provincial government. We love living here in Carbonear. It is so beautiful. We have met lots of people and many of them are now our friends.
We are close to many amenities, including a hospital, and a little more than an hour away from St. Johns. And best of all, our family is close.
As for the town, the town administrator and the town’s works director have not done a positive thing for us, only stifled our attempts to build our home.
In 2009, Fred Earle, a member of the previous council, stated on national radio that “no name road” was maintained by the town.
On Feb. 21 of this year we went to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. We lost our case. The judge told us that the council is elected by the residents of Carbonear and they can do as they want as long as it’s voted on and has a majority. Fairness doesn’t count. The only time we can take the council to court is if they break the law.
In other words, they had every right to remove “no name road” off the maps of Carbonear in 2010, even though a previous council put it on the Carbonear map in 1998. When we lost our case in the Supreme Court, we were told by Madam Justice Deborah Fry we had to pay the court costs. We asked the town’s lawyer to be able to pay these costs over one year.
We gave the receptionist 12 post-dated cheques beginning May 15, and on May 10 we received a letter from the Office of the High Sheriff. I phoned to question the letter, and I was told that we were a high risk, and that our possessions could be garnisheed.
We own a home in this town and some land. We have never been in arrears with our taxes. Why is the town treating us like this? I feel this council is holding our town back. Why is Bay Roberts growing so much? Maybe this council should go ask for advice up the bay. We all know Carbonear is no longer the “HUB OF THE BAY.” Debra Bradbury writes from