Letter to Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Township Council
On behalf of myself and a great many Edwardsburgh-Cardinal residents, may I start by taking the time to show appreciation to councillor Barrett and councillor Smail for supporting the tax-paying citizens of this township who have shown a deep and genuine concern over the proposed ED-19 landfill. It is encouraging to see politicians standing up and doing what they were elected to do.
This leaves me with questions as to where the rest of council bases their opinions on the ED-19 issue.
Councillor Morrell, I have known you for quite a few years, I did not think that you would let someone force you to make a decision before you were ready? If you were still living on Brouseville Rd., where this landfill would impact your own life, would your decision be the same?
Mayor Sayeau, you saying that residents should have known about the land fill site. You need to realize that most are not aware. For example, in 1998 when ED-19 was approved one of my five children was going to college, some were in high school and some in grade school. Let me assure you that when the county purchased property in this township, ED-19 was not part of our family's Sunday dinner conversation. How many new residences have been built in this township since 1998? How many have been purchased by new owners who knew nothing about ED-19? I can give you at least nine on Glen Smail Rd., east of County Rd 44, alone. Were they informed that their road lead to the ED-19 site?
Mayor Sayeau, you described Mr. Barrett's motion to halt the ED-19 land sale as "an ambush". Yet, let me quote something you said to a reporter on your bid for mayor. "I find that cumbersome and a bit debilitating of elected officials. I think elected officials should be running the township and providing direction." Did your feelings on the matter change after you were elected?
In another newspaper article, regarding Edwardsburgh-Cardinal's King's Lock Craft Distillery where the distillery is facing challenges with tax rates, municipal council has registered its displeasure in the form of a recommendation that the province appoint a commission to examine the tax and the LCBO's distribution system. In that case, Mayor Pat Sayeau took the recommendation to United Counties council where he served notice. Mr. Sayeau said the tax threatens to put the distillery "out of business after less than a year in business." And yet Mr. Sayeau is withholding support for a motion for an environmental assessment on a matter that clearly will affect the lives of many more people in the township than that one particular business. Are there two classes of residents in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal?
This council has shown concerns on the tax base due to MPAC's reduction of assessment value on residences. I wonder what the assessment value will be in five years once ED-19 is in full operation. I am very sure about what it is going to do with the value of the property I have raised my family on. I am very sure about how it will impact the values and lives of a large number of residents in this great municipality. That is a fact. And it is a fact that should be of the utmost concern for all members of this council.