CFN – Cornwall is a pretty little city compared to many of its size, but in spite of taxes going up 2.88 percent this year and all of the scandals at city hall connected to the Kilger council and its covering up of mess after mess the city has decided to stick its nose into citizens business instead of cleaning up their own dirty back yard first.
Ms Clement, Councilor Dupelle lead a new property standards committee that are expecting to set standards and drive by laws about how high your lawn can grow, and other standards; maybe how much dog poop can be on your yard or how many children’s toys…
While being a good neighbor is important, and not being a distraction to a community is also important this new committee feels a bit too much like Big Brother, or in this case Little Sister running amok, poking through our yards and homes and as Ms Maureen Adams was quoted in another media outlet regarding remedies; to ” take possession of a property and perhaps sell it.”
And how to enforce such future by laws when Cornwall has difficulty enforcing its current bylaws? Are we going to have selective bylaw enforcement?
Yes, the issue of boarded up building can be an issue, but seriously, are there more than a dozen such homes in this city of 46,000 people where developers complain that it’s hard to find city lots to purchase to develop because all the big tracts of land have been bought up?
No, this scribbler thinks that Ms Clement and Councilor Dupelle should better answer why they stayed Mum to the public about the Glen Stor Dun Lodge letters for over three years? Or Why they have remained silent over the costs for the two legal Whistleblowing court cases, or why Mr. Fitzpatrick, our former CAO was given a settlement instead of the city filing their own suit against him. Or sitting silent while a family of beavers were killed while sitting on the board of the River Institute. Insanity! Do Ms Clement or Councilor Dupelle, or any of the other committee members professional landscapers or gardeners? Do we really want people pointing fingers and sending over inspectors about our back yards and homes? Does Cornwall need Fema Camps next?
Silence does not equal innocence. And creating punitive gut reaction committees and bylaws is not a band aid for community building or leadership.
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