Re: Bullying must stop, letter to the editor by Karen Cheeseman, The Confederate, May 2
As a ratepayer in Southgate Township who has been watching events unfold I too am very angry and dismayed. You mention in your letter to the editor, Ms. Cheeseman, that there is a small group of people using “aggressive and bullying tactics.” I am one of those people and our “small” group is neither aggressive nor bully-like. On the contrary, we are very peaceful and we are there to protect our land and to inform the public exactly what our council has allowed into our town.
We are not a “small” group as 1300 signatures on the petition (which was shown to council and noted by the mayor at a council meeting) proves.
I’m sure that the ONE local employee from Sittler is missing his pay cheque but, in order to save our wetlands and town from the ravages of industry that will cause major environmental damage, we do what we do.
Yes, the township employees are being bombarded with endless demands for information. Perhaps if our council would utilize question and answer period, at the regular meetings the way it was meant to be used, and supply the public with answers to their questions, the township employees could get on with their “normal” running of the township. “Transparency” is obviously a HUGE issue with our council. We’ve tried to have video cameras installed so that all of the public could be informed as to what is going on, but for some reason, the mayor will not allow this. Again – we do what we do (to keep informed.)
A Sittler employee has been allowed to enter the site to check on the internal temperature of the compost daily. The temperature has been going down… so all is a-ok. But truly, I’m certain that the mayor would never have allowed the Sittler compost to be in an area where, if there was a fire (which I assume could happen; why else would there be concerns?) the citizens of Southgate would be in grave danger. Surely our council would ensure that our fire department would be trained to handle it. We get samples of what the smell would be like (if there ever was a fire) quite often in Dundalk.
Where are those posters that you say defame the mayor? If you are referring to the TRUTH NOT TRASH posters around town and in nearby communities, I suppose people can read into them whatever they please. What they mean is that the public deserves to know the truth and we won’t accept trash in the form of sewage waste because of the health issues associated with it.
The economic opportunities that you refer to in your letter would probably not be much of an issue if there were industries brought in that would make people feel safe (i.e. health) and not destroy the wetlands that are an integral part of our community.
Who want to live in a town where the only industry is CRAP related? Not me.
Who are the bullies here anyway?
Bonnie Mainprize, Dundalk