WHY ARE WE BEING TREATED AS SECOND CLASS?
As a spokesperson for one of the several families involved, may I express through you and your newspaper our deep concern for the Town of Stephenville’s lack of interest in resolving an issue raised with the mayor and fire chief the past couple of weeks.
After doing an inquiry into an adjacent property owner’s construction of a horse corral and fencing without a permit or an explanation of intent, I have been shown very little interest or response to any of my questions or concerns.
There seems to be an indication that we, as home owners, should be searching out other parties for assistance in resolving this issue. Why?
I must first inform you it is my adjacent land owner’s intent to allow another party, who currently owns approximately 280 acres of farmland, to use his adjacent land to board approximately seven horses at this time, without a shelter, running water, or proper manure disposal on less than his two acres, thus infringing on people with residential properties and creating the potential of home devaluation and animals escaping with the huge risk of collisions to residents of Cold Brook.
I have never been given the walk around to this extreme before, and it has left all current property owners with the belief that, in fact, this lack of involvement may be part of a possible “conspiracy” to assist one of the parties involved with future profit in real-estate ventures.
I have been instructed to either seek out assistance in Corner Brook with government officials, and/or create a notice of protest to the Town of Stephenville to be reviewed with the town council at some upcoming meeting. What a joke and what an unconcerned request.
I must inform your readers of the approximately 2.5 years that I waited for my Permit to Build and the numerous hurdles of regulations involving building dimensions and their purpose of intent for all homeowners involved, not to forget that certified wells had to be drilled for water use to protect the town’s artesian wellfield and all building dimensions had to be referenced from Cold Brook’s main road.
I now must ask, “Why are we, a few residents of Cold Brook, being treated as second-class citizens? Why is this simple request becoming an impossible task to accomplish? I wonder why having a voice with council has only been a dream for many people living here over the decades.
Hopefully, there’s someone with the authority at the Town of Stephenville to help us. We shouldn’t have to appeal to the public to get those answers, or a neighbouring city for that matter!
Council members, do your elected tasks at hand and help resolve this issue and save yourselves the embarrassment of acting carefree and carelessly.
Thank you on behalf of all the parties involved and I respectfully wait for some meaningful resolution from someone concerned. Stephen F. Cormier