Writer addresses cleanup dispute
I wish to advise your and your readers of the way I was treated by the Carbonear town council. Back in November 2011, I was issued a cleanup order for property in Carbonear. I had sold my share of the property to my wife in May of 2011, which was six months before the order was issued by the town.
The enforcement officer came to the property to deliver the order and was informed by my wife I no longer owned the property, but he insisted on giving the order to her.
On Jan. 7, 2012, my wife wrote a letter complaining of ignorant treatment by the enforcement officer, and stating again that she was the sole owner of the property. She made an effort to have it cleaned up, and I thought the matter was finished.
On July 24, 2012 I got a summons to appear in court on Aug. 28, 2012 to answer eight charges of failure to comply with a council order to have property cleaned up.
I contacted the town administrator and submitted a bill of sale that was witnessed by a justice of the peace on May 7, 2011 to prove I did not own the property. I wanted the summons dropped and she promised to investigate, but she refused to have the summons dropped and forced my name on a court docket.
I was willing and able to present my case in court, but when my case came before the judge, charges were dropped by the lawyer for the town and I did not get a chance to proceed.
This whole matter was confusing for me, totally mishandled by the Town of Carbonear, and a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Time and money could have been spent more wisely running the town, instead of to satisfy personal agendas. Harassment was the issue here, not property cleanup, and charges were dropped last minute in court to avoid embarrassment to the town.
Thank-you for space so I might clear up some things for my friends and others that saw my name on the court docket.
Arthur Kelloway writes from Perry’s Cove