Something you don’t see at a municipal council meeting very often is a resident making a delegation and going to bat for a neighbour.
But at Addington Highlands regular Council meeting this week in Flinton, Amos Shiner did just that.
Shiner took exception to the way Larry Knox has been treated with respect to the enforcement of the yard clean-up bylaw.
Knox has been instructed to clean up his Hwy. 41 property. Shiner said a bylaw enforcement officer visited Knox March 1 and gave him until April 17 to comply.
“Larry has been in the hospital for lung surgery and I’m here asking for an extension,” Shiner said.
Shiner said allegations that nothing had been done were untrue as Knox had “taken a pickup load to the dump.”
Shiner also said there were extenuating circumstances in that some of the metal to be removed was still frozen in the ground.
“I’ve talked to many people who are not happy with the way this was done,” Shiner said.
Shiner said the incident has raised other concerns for him and he plans to do something about them.
“Our bylaw does not comply with the Charter of Rights (and Freedoms),” he said. “One person (the bylaw enforcement officer) has the authority to enter anyone’s property and act as judge without appeal.
“We feel bullied by this bylaw so we’re taking petitions (and) you’re going to see a lot of me until this bylaw is changed.”
Shiner also said he has issues with other municipal statutes including the Official Plan.
Council thanked Shiner for his presentation.