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'Light at the end of the tunnel is an election year'
to the editor,
I attended the 'special' Adjala Tosorontio council meeting on March 2,
2018 which prompted me to write a letter to all council members with
concerns I have with Township staff suggesting a March 12, 2018
decision date in approving or denying the Nelson Aggregates gravel pit
My concerns are as follows: At least three of the councillors
stated they had not yet received a copy of the new agreement which only
left them 10 days (March 2 to March 12) to read, review, research and
make any revisions they find necessary to the new agreement. Some
revisions may require the advice of experts who may not be available in
that 10 day time span.
The Planning Director stated she had given Council plenty of
time to make revisions to what had been proposed. When one of the
councillors advised her he had sent a list of revisions and he received
no reply, her response was she was not aware that he had sent it. Since
she is now aware of it, this needs to be addressed before a decision
can be made.
The Planning Director, backed by an infrastructure expert,
stated at the meeting there is no municipal drain on the gravel pit
site. It is considered a ditch and not a drain. This contradicts
evidence from experts at the OMB hearing stating there is a municipal
drain on the site.
The testimony of expert witnesses at the OMB hearing should
not be ignored because this infrastructure expert disputes their
findings. It needs to be determined if in fact there is a
municipal drain on site. This cannot be determined in 10 days.
Given the short time frame suggested by staff to make a
decision, and that complete information on the ever-changing agreement
has yet to be received and reviewed by council, I suggested that a
decision on March 12, 2018 is premature.
My letter was emailed to all council members on Monday, March
5th and to date (March 9), my concerns have not been addressed by any
In fact, only one council member acknowledged receiving my
email. Is this the way our council handles the concerns of
residents on time-sensitive issues?
I suppose the light at the end of the tunnel is that this is
an election year. Vote wisely.