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Mayoral Candidate Submits Open Letter to The Municipality Of Meaford Council & Staff

Editor, the following is an open letter to the Municipality of Meaford, council and staff:

Municipal staff will be submitting a report to council at Monday’s Council Meeting of the Whole recommending Council pass a motion to Lease to Rogers Telecommunications the right to put a 91-foot Cell Tower in the harbour for 25 years. Staff, Rob Armstrong, Director of Building and Planning will be recommending that Municipality of Meaford sign a Lease with Rogers to put a 91-foot Cell Tower in the harbour, around 40ft from where The Farmers’ Market is held in the Rotary Pavilion. The Rogers lease is for 5 years with four extensions of 5 years for a total of 25 years, a $12,000 per year lease payment to the Municipality for the first 5 years, increased by 10% at every extension.

There have been numerous proposals to build cell towers in Meaford's neighbourhoods and they have all caused concern, with good reason. The ramifications would give any reasonable person concern.


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Reader Hears From Mayor After Letter to TMI

Mr. Editor,

As a result of my recent letter in the Independent about the Policing proposals, I received a very polite but firm response from Mayor Richardson.  It seems like my criticism of staff was misdirected. He states, “We have an excellent, professional, staff that is doing a superb job for our community.  They do not deserve to be criticized for carrying out directions that have been given to them by council.”

I was informed that any comments, concerns or criticisms be directed to council, not to staff.


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Voter Concerned About Electronic-Only Voting

Dear Editor,

There is an election coming that will use pin numbers and electronic ballots, or touch-tone phones.  I can cope with this, I can use a computer and I have touch-tone phones.  However I do know there are people in the municipality that have neither of these things.  I hear some muttering, “I guess I just won’t vote.”

Internet connections in parts of Meaford and Grey County are spotty at best, and not every household has a computer. Not everyone in the households with computers know how to operate them. If someone has to ask their spouse or child how to vote, that vote isn’t very secret. I have it on good authority that there are more than a few party lines out there.  There goes the secret ballot again.  The residents in the long term nursing facility are going to be able to vote with computers and pin numbers and municipal staff assisting them.  Again, not very secret, but apparently confidential.  Why not let them vote with the sort of paper ballots they are used to?


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