The Editor, Re: Crackdown on messy yards; Collaring loose animals, May 29, 2019;
Mr. Jacob Rheaume, North Glengarry Township Director of Enforcement, Building, ByLaws, and Planning, is it your belief that a new bylaw is needed to deal with all the problems that exists in North Glengarry?
Your professional service to North Glengarry is built up by a lawful exercise of power, reinventing the old bylaws into a messy one, on a complaintbased power of enforcement to recover the expenses through the tax roll.
North Glengarry is not in need of a Mafia-like enforcement over unlawful regulations.
An example: Ten months ago, you put a drain charge of $158 on my tax roll, based on an engineering order to remove beaver and a dam and to upgrade the waterflow to go upstream to bring the drainage systems in line with your kind of regulations.
The dam is still there and the water will not go upstream.
Invoices are the best references as to how a business works. The first notice indicates the interest rate of 1.25%.
Instead of answering my letter, the tax collector of N.G. offered me two year time to pay before I get another $400 on the tax roll to start the professional service to take away my assets.
Back to the messy yards and loose animals. N.G. Council voted in favour of a new stricter bylaw only to learn after, that the enforcement is complaintbased without any legal right to oppose.
North Glengarry, Ontario’s Celtic Heartland must build up the great reputation they have in the past. Complaint-based enforcement is a shame.
Ruedi Matt, Alexandria