Development moratorium a no go in Chelsea, Quebec

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by Lucy Scholey on February 17, 2011

Click here to read Caryl Green’s response to Scott Findlay

Chelsea, Quebec council will not stall its major development projects or reassess its governance structure, despite a written request from a respected municipal figurehead, backed by more than 80 signatures on his petition.

“Council cannot agree to your two requests,” Mayor Caryl Green wrote in an email dated Feb. 13.

Scott Findlay, a biology professor at Ottawa University who is a founder of the H20 Chelsea water monitoring program and a member of Action Chelsea for the Respect of the Environment (ACRE), presented the letter and signatures to Chelsea council at the Feb. 7 council meeting.

In the letter, he called on council to place a moratorium on the $9.8-million Meredith Centre, water and sewage and major housing developments. He said council members should reassess their governance structure.

“These are long-standing commitments that would have serious legal and financial ramifications if reversed,” Green replied. “To give credit where credit is due, the previous Council negotiated and obtained grants for the sewage treatment plants and the Meredith Centre. Their actions were supported by a majority of the citizens.

“This Council intends to benefit from the grants and to see these projects to their conclusion.”

Green defended council’s governance methods, stating it “demonstrated its willingness, right from the start, to meet and work with the citizens.”

At press time, Findlay said he was not ready to respond to Green’s letter.