Democracy dead in Seguin, reader
It would appear that democracy is dead in Seguin Township.
I attended the council meeting on September 24, a rezoning request was presented to council to expand a business that is closely located next to a residential area.
The business wants to expand by adding another storage building to a commercial property, a property that is already at capacity in accordance to the original site plan.
Blasting for this new building will be closer with the 400 Highway. When the new 400 Highway was blasted through, our water tables were compromised and our foundation did suffer some cracking, which had to be repaired.
Most of us lost at least half of our gallons per minute water flow count in our drilled wells. I know ours did.
Deciduous trees will need to be clear cut to accommodate the new building; this will mean our residential homes will now have a clear view of this commercial property. Despite a petition against the rezoning to add another storage building to this property, council approved the application made by the business owner despite the objections of the residents.
When the meeting opened to the public, our mayor would only allow one person to speak in regards to the objections of this application and this lady was cut short while speaking to council. Seguin Mayor David Conn also cut short the time allotted for homeowners to speak up against this rezoning and voice our concerns.
Only one council member, Alex Chidley, voted against this rezoning, voicing not only the concerns of the residents, but also the fact this site plan is already at capacity.
During council discussions into this matter, there were other councillors that agreed with Mr. Chidley’s concerns, but when the time came to vote, all but Mr. Chidley voted in favour of this business. This business has been rammed down our throats for the second time in seven years.
So with democracy dead to the residents of Seguin Township, there are one or two questions left to ask.
Would Mayor Conn or any of the councillors who voted in favour of this business expanding like to live next to the blasting, clear-cutting and construction? Would Mayor Conn and council enjoy having this commercial endeavour as their view.
I sincerely think not!