Please arrange to pick one up by calling 519-583-2031
Please arrange to pick one up by calling 519-583-2031
An interesting link that Charlie is pursuing when he returns from vacation! No promises here but this information certainly provides some ammunition to our situation!
As I promised at Wednesday’s Peaceful Gathering, here is an update:
Norfolk County Officials told us that MNR insisted that the county remove the newly placed stop logs. We have asked for a copy of the directive from the MNR that shows this demand. It was confirmed, as we suspected, that there was in fact no directive from MNR. We have however been provided with copies of sensitive inter-office Norfolk County email communication that show that Norfolk County took the initiative themselves to remove the logs after consulting with and being advised by Ryan Elliot of G.D. Valllee Ltd. Ryan is the person who did the Safety Review of the dam in 2010.
Eric D’Hondt’s statement in the Port Dover Maple Leaf was that the party(s) who placed the logs were trespassing on Norfolk County Property. In an email this week from one of our elected officials we were told that “No one seems to own the dam”. So it appears as though people cannot be charged with trespassing if they are on the dam since there is no owner. (Govern yourselves accordingly, and for goodness’ sake, be careful out there!)
Simon’s Construction removed the third log yesterday amid raucous protests that they were going to allow even more mud and silt to be dumped into the harbour than what they have already released. We demanded that they contact Scott Zerbes ( Senior Municipal Technologist Engineering Division Norfolk County) and Mayor Charlie Luke before they proceeded, but our cries went unheeded, the log was removed and MORE mud has entered the harbour now. Go look, you can see it pouring over the spillway. The next log was not removed (yet) Friday morning so hopefully someone from the county had enough sense to realize that there was more harm than (perceived) good being done by removing the logs. HOPEFULLY they will not remove more. And if they do, then hopefully there will not be ANOTHER dredge bill for over $200,000 (do you know where this money comes from???)
CHCH has reminded us of the MNR’s policy on dams. There are 2 video clips in the article. If you didn’t read/see it, it is at this link http://www.chch.com/silver-lake-protest/
At the end of it all we have generated a LOT of publicity and attention, which is what we needed. Now we need to stop with the publicity and run with this momentum and remain positive and move forward to get Silver Lake restored. Now.
We are recommending that citizens and supporters work diligently in conjunction with Norfolk County (remember, in reality we the people are Norfolk County and our tax dollars that come out of our pockets pay for everything) and the MNR to support Marion Gadsby’s work-in-progress to restore Silver Lake. Marion’s group has a plan that would involve dam repair, dredging, silt traps and the installation of fish ladders and a hydro-electric generator. All to be done within the budgeted money set aside a few years ago for Silver Lake. Marion has been advised that in principle the County and the MNR are in agreement with the direction in which her plan is headed, and Marion wants things to begin happening this year- this is not something that she nor anyone else wants to see sitting idle for 5 more years.
So a number of us are supporting Marion’s efforts and we encourage you to do so too. Remember that Charlie Luke, John Wells, Eric D’Hondt, etc. not only work for us and are paid by us, but they are humans, citizens, property owners, taxpayers and people who have feelings and opinions too. I respectfully ask that if you have opinions of any of our elected officials or Norfolk County staff that are less than positive that you please not present these opinions in public forums. As good as it may feel to vent, nothing good comes from it. We will keep you updated with respect to Marion’s group’s progress and how you can help.
In the event that we find that we cannot proceed with Marion’s plan or with a version of it that will suffice in restoring the lake, THEN we will hold a citizen’s meeting to discuss other options available to us such as exercising squatter’s rights, adverse possession, acts of civil disobedience (like building our own dam in the middle of the night smile emoticon ), etc. There are enough brains in this community that one way or another, we can restore Silver Lake sooner than later.
Enjoy the weekend, thank you all for your help and support for bringing Silver Lake to the forefront.
Much appreciation to our creative and artistic photographer for a wonderful aerial view of this beloved lake! And much appreciation to the person(s) unknown who have returned it to us after 4 years of patiently trying to cooperate with the powers that be. We have been mired in more bureaucracy than there is silt in the lake. This summer we can open our windows wide to welcome fresh sweet summer air without having the air conditioning on 24 hours a day to cover the stench. There is even a swan back on the lake and kayaks and canoes! It is real and no mirage. Last summer the curtains of rainbow lights on patches of water were also real – sewer gas has its own beauty! But for today, all is right with the world in this little fishing village.
We are full of gratitude for this gift and also more to come. Our local Engineering Brain Trust let by Marion Gadsby has reviewed all reports received from MNR to date and put together preliminary plans to address all concerns cited by MNR and which will also allow for the insertion of electric power generation for those who feel it will be a beneficial addition, a fish ladder for Anglers, and continued access to the lake. There will be no need to put up expensive fencing to protect people walking unknowingly onto sludge that acts like quick sand. In the months to come. we may have to make compromises but we should still be able to have the lake for its beauty, its wildlife, and the recreational activities we have enjoyed for generations. We also appreciate the local residents who have taken the time to respond to the headline story in the July 1st edition of the Maple Leaf regarding the stop logs returned to the dam. This will be a test of government at all levels – are they here to serve the people or their own interests? After the silence of the lambs, Doverites are politely speaking up.