Thursday, September 20, 2018


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Thoughts on the New Library From the West End

Dear Editor,

Given the hysteria and euphoria by some surrounding the news of a new library and possible refurbishment of the old library into a new council and staff office area with its exorbitant cost, it may be time to see this extravagance for what it really is. Another boondoggle!

In defending this choice of library, staff in a recent newsletter now depict the new library as not only a purveyor of books, articles, and dvds, but it will also serve as a community hub for our municipality.

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Concern About Load Limits


At the December 11/17 Council meeting, By-Law 2017-69 was passed unanimously by Council. This By-Law permits Meaford to place load limit warning signs on thirteen crucial bridges in rural Meaford. Treasurer Mr. Chapman told Council that no consultation had occurred with any of the hundreds of regular users of these bridges but the latest inspection reports of these bridges was so bad that Meaford must unilaterally post these weight restrictions immediately!

These limits vary from bridge to bridge with a low of 5 tons and highs of 15 tons. If you use these bridges and exceed the weight limit you are breaking the law. There will be no advanced warning and no provision for turning around. There is no explanation given on how this by-law would be enforced by the OPP or MOT.

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Frustration With Unruly Fishermen

Dear Editor,

Having grown up in Meaford in the 60's and 70's, we returned to a fixer-upper on Bayfield Street 15 years ago to be among old friends, and are re-building the house to be here permanently. We are between the children's playground and beach at Raper's Park and the children's area of McCarroll Park and the boat ramp beach across the road. This location is a great attraction for our children and grandchildren, and our large extended family who like to join us here for holidays.  The waterfront park is a draw for tourists and for young families considering Meaford as a place to live. 

We are spending a lot of our savings on our house, with more than 95% of the expenditure on labour and supplies sourced within a 30-minute drive from town. Our neighbours are also fixing up their houses. These expenditures increase the attraction of Meaford, but the activities on Municipal property across the street do not.

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