Set-back issue on council’s Wednesday agenda

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By Tina Comeau


No doubt when it comes to the items listed on the agenda, members of the public who attend this week’s Yarmouth Municipal Council meeting will be most keenly interested to see what discussion transpires on the agenda item pertaining to a recent public hearing held by the municipality.

Last month the municipality held a public hearing to hear opinions on the issue of making a bylaw amendment to increase the set-back distance from watercourses to 500 feet – from the existing 328 feet – for mink, fox, hog and fowl operations.

The public hearing was held Sept. 28. At the time Warden Leland Anthony told the public that council would only be making its decision on the issue at a further date.

The issue is included on council’s Wednesday, Oct. 28 agenda. “They’ve had the information, they’ve had an opportunity to go through it, so hopefully they’ll be in a position to make a decision. It will be on the agenda,” municipal CAO Ken Moses said last week. “I’m not absolutely sure that council will be ready to make a decision, but it is there to bring it back up.”

Aside from the oral presentations that were made during the two-hour public hearing, council received many written submissions.

The majority of people who spoke at the public hearing were in favour of increasing the set-back. While it is not the overall solution to their concerns, they felt it was at least a start.

Many people have concerns over polluted lakes in the Carleton river system. They blame mink farms up stream for causing the situation.

Organizations: Yarmouth Municipal Council

Geographic location: Carleton river

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