Feel­ing wronged by Car­bon­ear town coun­cil

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

Car­bon­ear

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