The Western Star - - EDITORIAL -

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

Cold Brook

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