Trailer controversy bedevils Slash residents

A call to elicit public outcry

To the Expositor:

An open letter to the Township of Assiginack

Over the last six years we have formally followed the appropriate channels to request the removal of the trailers parked next to our property, it actually started back in 2004 when we bought our home. Repeated failed promises by a town clerk, questionable actions by building inspectors, lack of action by multiple councils and a blatant disregard for a trailer bylaw leaves us with no choice but to express our distain publicly. We feel that we have the right and it is by no means our choice, you have left us with no other options.

This is not meant to be an attack. It is a public request for a council to follow their own bylaws and step up to enforce the bylaw that does not allow for a trailer on a property for more than two weeks.

The trailers next to our property come with ATVs, horses, dogs, an outhouse, a boat, storage sheds, satellite dish and electricity. We have permanent summer neighbours who do not pay taxes to live there. The trailers rarely leave the property in any given year. This has been going on for years and despite all of our repeated action with the township, nothing has changed except the ever increasing level of activity.

While we do not condone their actions, we do not have any ill will to our neighbours. We encourage everyone in the Township of Assiginack to ask themselves would you like to live ‘rent free’ on a property with no fear of reprisal? Perhaps all of the trailer parks on the Island might have something to say. We pay our taxes to live on our property, our neighbours do not and the Township sees fit to keep it that way.

If you have a similar problem we implore you to speak up.

Respectfully,

Jeff and Kathy Wahl

The Slash

EDITOR’S NOTE: When contacted by The Expositor regarding this matter, Assiginack CAO Alton Hobbs told this newspaper that the matter has gone to the municipal solicitor to “initiate prosecution.”