CORNWALL Ontario – Brian Vincent is feeling discouraged. The family was happy when a new group came together to help rebuild their family rink.
A meeting was requested by the group for Thursday morning with Bill De Wit, the city manager who attended the initial break down of the boards as ordered directly by Cornwall CAO Norm Levac in spite of the family’s request for a variation and attempts by at least two councilors to further investigate options.
The city had given the family ten days to take down the boards after a former Councilor, Glen Grant, helped expedite the complaint, but most of those ten days were holidays and most of their phone calls and emails were not returned. It almost felt that it was rigged that way?
While expecting an exchange or at least some answers the family instead saw policy and heavy equipment in front of their home on the 5th.
Mrs. Vincent and Councilor Justin Towndale were interviewed by Sun News TV guy Brian Lilley at the Vincent home recently and talk about some of the issue.
As you can see there are more questions than answers at this point. We (I am a member of the group to rebuild the rink) after not getting a reply in the morning from Mr. De Wit received an email from him stating that this now has to go through CAO Norm Levac.
It was boggling as the questions were very basic and simple. My questions are outlined below in blue.
Hi Mr. De Wit,It’s very saddening when a city manager cannot return communication in a timely fashion. We’re all busy. We all have schedules. I sent you a message through the city website last night.I have left you two voice mails this morning. I have tried calling Stephen Alexander, Norm Levac, and Mayor O’Shaughnessy.Nobody seems to be answering their phones?If you are too busy for a meeting perhaps you can answer clearly a few basic questions, today, as the timing of the weather is crucial for a successful result. The questions are below in blue.Your heavy machinery went out of its way to not touch the boards or ice pad. The boards as they were, were removed. The ice pad is still in place although fractured. Is the ice pad a violation?
Will the City of Cornwall take any issues with the securing of the ice pad on the Vincent’s property via snow or hay as mentioned by Mayor O’Shaughnessy even if some of that surface is on property owned by the city? To note the Vincent’s paved driveway where they park is also city property.Do you have any issue with a snow/hay wall that supports a piece of wood that is not affixed to any surface?Are there any special requirements that the Vincent family rink needs to meet to enjoy their rink without further grief from the City?Is there anything that you can think of in your capacity to prevent us from saving the ice surface?We need an answer before the end of business today please as our team needs the cold weather.Thank you for your time, and timely assistance.Jamie
There should have been some compassion somewhere that would have allowed this situation into Spring.Listen carefully to Laura Vincent when she speaks of the due diligence done last year ahead of time and also of the 2×2 spikes that were only 4 inches into the ground and apparently in contravention of the by law !I know I helped take some of them out.
Definitely discouraged and beyond disappointed. They were voted into council to listen to and represent Cornwall residents. With the exception of two distinguished and dedicated Councillors, all other members have ignored our simple questions.Council was handed an opportunity to to regain some positive attention for Cornwall and ‘right’ a ‘wrong ‘; however, they are choosing to ignore our questions.Our ultimate goal is to provide our children with a rink on our property while respecting bylaws and ensuring all parties are satisfied.
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