Clare has her say …
Have you ever needed to speak to council at a private or public meeting to discuss a matter or situation important to you? Well we have and after making a public application, then repeated emails and telephone calls, our answer wasn’t just “no,” but no reply at all! To experience such arrogance and ignorance from a council or anyone serving the public is downright wrong…
I am a resident of Spaniard’s Bay and have been for all of my life and never have I experienced such disrespect from the council as I did regarding an incident that occurred on July 24.
When we returned home from work that evening, we had quite an image to face. Our property, driveway, fence, house, windows and vehicle had been covered with rocks, sand and mud during road sweeping. The operator of the equipment had left quite a mess.
Outraged with what had happened, we contacted several council members. A few of the councillors visited our property that evening and each of them was amazed and disgusted with what had happened during the sweeping. We took photos and were advised to submit a letter of proposal to have our property cleaned up and this letter was put before council at the meeting on Aug. 12.
On Aug. 16, we received a letter stating the refusal of our proposal and the vote that took place at the meeting was 5-1 against compensating us for any cleanup of our property. Also, on the refusal letter, it stated that better protocol would be put in place for the next sweeping, so that statement itself admits that they were in the wrong.
The council members that were disgusted when they saw the state our property actually voted against our proposal at the meeting. I always thought that if you were in the wrong then you were responsible for fixing the mistake, no matter what the cost. We vote these people in to be the leaders of our town and this is an example of their decision making.
The cost to clean up our property is not the only issue, the reasoning and the disrespect is disgusting to me and that is why I wrote this article to let the people of Spaniard’s Bay know who we have running our town.
What would be the councillors’ views if it were their property and vehicle that was left in this state?
We have lived at this residence for the past 23 years and have never had this happen to us during road sweeping, so obviously something was done wrong during the sweeping on July 24.
There is a lot more involved in running a town than collecting taxes.
That being said, Tony Menchions and Brenda Seymour are the only two councillors who will get our support in the future.
— Rick and Paulette Peddle are reside on Mint Cove Pond
Road North, Spaniard’s Bay