Cornwall Ontario – Nothing’s nicer than a tent on a sunny day; especially if that day is a wedding day along scenic Highway 2 along the waterfront in South Glengarry.
For the Lunan family, who own Marlin Orchards, their daughter’s wedding nearly turned into disaster as they were one of the over 90% of the public who aren’t aware that you need a $150 permit to set up a temporary tent in the township.
The family, after not being able to resolve the issue with the township in time for their local VIP attended event of nearly 250 people, used their greenhouse for the festive occasion.
They were not alone as Roger’s Marina were taken to task for not having a tent permit for their Summer use, although Nancy Struthers expressed gratitude to Building Officer Kevin Lalonde for giving her an extension to resolve the issue.
The issue was such grist for the mill in the township that there is a meeting scheduled for Monday night that will be in camera (not open to the public) to discuss matters pertaining to staff.
The buzz is that someone might be for the chop after so many movers and shakers were impacted by what Councilor Frank Prevost termed ” a lack of common sense”. He stated to CFN that the wedding should’ve been allowed to go on in the tent and vowed that issues like this won’t happen in the future. He added that he was disappointed in how things transpired and that it’s important for the township to work with people and not against them. ( He was not a guest at the wedding)
Councilor Lyle Warden said that he was aware of the tent situation, and that he too was disappointed in how staff handled things and that he felt a resolution could’ve been achieved without impacting events.
CFN spoke with CAO Bryan Brown who at first claimed that he was unaware of any issue and then when confronted with details switched to a “no comment”.
We will be updating this story as more information becomes available.
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