Thanks from Seguin mayor appreciated
I received a letter of thanks and gratitude from Mayor David Conn of Seguin Township. The influence of Hurricane Sandy had caused significant damage in our area on October 30. Power lines and a pole had come down over Blackstone and Crane Lake Road, which closed the road for part of the day. The location of the downed lines was such that the Ontario Camp of the Deaf was able to provide work crews and local residents access around the road closure, using our secondary entrance.
The camp facilitated the repair crews, provided staging and parking areas and assisted in gaining access to the downed poles.
The road was re-opened.
The letter from the mayor was a pleasant surprise and a testament to the mayor’s knowledge of his community and true concern for the safety and welfare of those affected by the damage.
The camp is in Seguin council member Alex Chidley’s ward.
What is not surprising, is the non-response from Alex Chidley.
On November 3, in a public meeting, Chidley claims to represent and is in daily contact with the 70-plus residents that claim to be adversely effected by the camp and don’t approve of the programs offered to the children that attend the camp.
The road closure would have prevented some of those 70 residents from reaching their destinations either in or out of Blackstone and Crane Lake Road.
There was no hesitation in using the camp when they needed it, yet it’s those same folks who don’t’ approve of having the camp in “their backyard.”
They are the same folks, that for three months, used the camp for access while repairs were being done to a road washout in 2008.
There was no problem using the camp when it suits their purpose.
I wasn’t expecting anything from Coun. Chidley. The Ontario Camp of the Deaf is a special needs children’s camp that is recognized nation wide.
The mayor and five of the six council members recognize the work and incredible things that occurs in their township.
Alex Chidley’s only interest in the camp is for political capital, campaign fundraising to shut us down and to provide fodder and silage for council meetings.
Seguin isn’t a little township anymore.
The responsibility that council takes on and the services the staff of Seguin delivers, is without equal.
Receiving a simple thank you is encouraging that our representative’s haven’t lost touch with those they serve.
Ontario Camp of the Deaf/
Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf