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PAB council deals with fencing complaint

By Jaymie White Local Journalism Initiative Reporter — with files from René Roy PORT AUX BASQUES — The most recent council meeting took place on Tuesday evening, Sept. 26, and matters discussed included the ongoing energy retrofit project at the Bruce II, the affordable housing project, the upcoming Hospital Radiothon, correspondence from a resident unhappy with council’s decision on his fence. Bruce II The project to retrofit the Bruce II continues, with some progress being made. “The control panel was shipped to Port aux Basques which was then shipped to Corner Brook and in turn shipped to St. John’s to have a relay board installed by the factory technician, then shipped back here again,” said Town Manager Leon MacIsaac. “That board will be installed in conjunction with a new transformer-based power pad with manpower. They expect that time frame to be three to four days for construction, but there’s planned to be a building shutdown for two to three weeks, to accommodate interruption and the power reconnects involved.” Affordable housing project The last update on the project was regarding the cabinetry, so Mayor Brian Button asked if there has been any movement since then. “Cabinetry is done. What we’re waiting on now is one part of the appliances, which is the refrigerators, which won’t be here by the end of the month. It’s probably going to be October 3rd or October 10th before they will arrive. That’s due to extended delays from suppliers, but it’s paved and the landscaping is done in front part of the tenants arriving parking space,” said MacIsaac. “There’s many up there now that’s completed. Today the rear concrete pads are in place and contractors can put storm doors on the back to help with the high winds in the area. There’s still a garage to be built and put in place when we have tenants in place. But the garage is just meant to be small to store small tool items only, and the residential tenant agreements should be finalized so that they’ll have sign those before they move in as well.” Radiothon Mayor Button said the Hospital Foundation is looking for a donation from the Town for the Radiothon. “The letter that we did have was asking if we wanted to make a donation toward the hospital Radiothon. We do have certain ones that we do make donations toward. We try to keep it local, so that’s entirely now up to council’s wishes on that. I’ll leave that to anybody who wants to make motion,” said Button. Deputy Mayor Mark Andrews moved that council donate $250 to the Radiothon which was seconded by Coun. Jim Lane and passed unanimously by council. Fencing Town Clerk Nadine Osmond had one letter in correspondence from a resident of Legallais Street who disagreed with a previous decision made by council regarding the fence on his property. “I wish to express my unwavering disagreement with your position as outlined in your letter. Firstly, the bylaw section you have quoted refers to a fence, which is a safety hazard or obstruction or impedes snow clearing due to its location height. I challenge you to demonstrate how the small fence I have constructed in excess of 10 meters away from any public road, is in any way an obstruction. This quote is, in my opinion, nothing more than a fear tactic being used to bully me into removing a small fence that obstructs nothing, bothers no one other than the complainant, although the structure rests on my own property. Secondly, to my knowledge, no measurements have been taken, no surveys reviewed, and no pertinent knowledge gathered as to the validity of this complaint. It is my contention that this action has been taken without due diligence and is an arbitrary judgment against me made on the word of a neighbour. I would point out that my relationship with this neighbor can be best described as strained, and they have complained unfoundly multiple times since I purchased my residence,” read Osmond. “I will state unequivocally that the small fence addition that was erected is wholly and completely on my own property. This is supported by my property survey, which you may review at your leisure. It is troubling that this small fence is a source of so much contention, while the fact that the side of the neighbour’s shed plainly encroached on my property is ignored. Am I to understand that the enforcement of a property boundary depends on who is making the complaint or from which side the alleged encroachment comes? It is my contention that the actions taken against me are unfounded, unwarranted and unjustified. It is clear that it is being handled in a most one-sided manner,” continued Osmond. “I have pointed out construction on the neighbouring property that clearly violates proximity by law, but my concerns have been brushed off and offered no consideration. This I put to you as blatantly displayed bias towards a complaint. While I will admit that I did not get a permit for the small addition to my fence, I am willing to rectify this oversight on my part and pay the appropriate permit fee for this minuscule project.” The resident goes on to request that the removal order from council be rescinded and to have council send him written confirmation. “This individual had made a complaint against another neighbour that their new deck sat too close to theirs. Public Works reviewed it, determined it wasn’t and didn’t bother any guidelines,” said MacIsaac. “There’s no information in the system to indicate they had taken a defense for the existing fence that he had, nor for the new addition, and the purpose of the letter was that it was constructed without town’s consent or permit and it was to be immediately removed, and if he wished to appeal, he could appeal,” continued MacIsaac, “This is supposed to say also the fence that’s constructed is attached to the neighbour’s shed, which is not permitted. It can only be contained within your property as well. I’ve told both neighbours that we don’t get involved in boundary disputes, but fencing is not to extend beyond the limits of your property boundary.”

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