Writer ad­dresses cleanup dis­pute

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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