By Anastasia Philopoulos
Chelsea’s controversial water and sewer infrastructure project, slated to be built in the village centre, has been anything but straightforward – and it just took yet another twist.
In what was meant to be a resolution that would clear up a nasty back-and-forth of accusations between developers and the municipality, Le Directeur Général des Élections du Québec (DGEQ) has instead deferred its decision on the process to approve the infrastructure project, handing authority to the Ministry of Municipalities (MAMROT).
After two years of investigating, the DGEQ was to give a verdict on whether two landowners had the right to vote on the final two by-laws concerning the project. In 2012, after the by-laws were passed, three developers launched complaints with MAMROT and the DGEQ alleging election fraud.
Developers Marc Shank and Mike Simon, both of Chelsea Creek, David Meredith, and Warren Major (a former partner of the Innovation Chelsea development) circulated an email to various recipients, including the Low Down, in response to a letter from the DGEQ dated May 2 and addressed to Chelsea Director General Charles Ricard. It highlighted specifics from the letter and focused, in particular, on the ineligibility of the two votes.
The two votes in question concern developers Sean McAdam and Carrie Wallace of Hendrick Farm, who were present to make a statement at the May 5 council meeting.