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Chip truck proposal gets the green light at EC council meeting


CARDINAL - Monday night's meeting of Edwardsburgh Cardinal Township Council was held at the Ingredion Centre in order to accommodate the more than 40 residents who made up two separate delegations. Mayor Pat Sayeau advised onlookers early in the meeting as to what would and would not be accepted as presentations.

The mayor addressed the group at large, explaining that since this was an actual meeting of Council - not a committee meeting or a Committee of the Whole - that they were limited to a ten-minute presentation by the speakers listed on the agenda and that only new information was allowed, cautioning them that this was not the time or place to rehash issues already debated.

The two agenda items in question were a proposed development on Riverview Crescent in New Wexford and a proposed severance on David Street in Spencerville. Both issues had been previously discussed at the July 6 meeting of the Community Development Committee. That meeting also had to be moved to the Ingredion Centre to accommodate the same two factions.

In the first case, Shannon and Greg Kenny were there to speak to their intent to operate a chip truck on the Riverview Crescent property which they had previously purchased. "Shaggy's" would be a refreshment truck permanently placed on the piece of land which was formerly vacant. Speaking on their behalf were Eldon Horner and David Annable, the architect and planner hired by the Kennys. Horner advised the group that while neighbours might not understand, the Kennys proposed use of the land does fall within the parameters of the current zoning by-law and that the couple had already pledged to make certain accommodations to appease the neighbours, including the installation of a wooden fence measuring six feet high with a two-foot lattice on top and a hedge.

The protesting group had earlier cited their fear of increased traffic being a danger for students getting on and off the school bus. Annable had a report from Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO) confirming that there are only three young people using the spot to board and leave the bus. All of them are high-school students. Mr. Annable said that STEO had agreed the children could all be picked up and let off on the western border of the property in question, thereby making it safer.

Tim Markus, speaking on behalf of the concerned neighbours started off by saying he was there to "protect our neighbourhood" and began by reciting all the reasons they are against the chip truck. Mayor Sayeau broke in to tell Mr. Markus he was "completely out of order" and reminded him they were not there to reiterate their complaint but were present to discuss the site plan agreement.

Markus came back by saying the neighbours feel there should be an environmental impact study done and the mayor asked him if he had any new information to support the request. The neighbours also asked that the property be fenced on the south side as well as the west, to a height of eight feet, not six, and they asked for security cameras to be installed, among other requests. Councillors supported the idea of a six-foot fence on the west and south.

Later on the agenda, under Action and Information Items from Committees, the issue was again discussed, with Councillor Hugh Cameron saying he had visited another chip truck in the area - Bud the Spud on Highway #2 at Maitland - and saw no problem with traffic. Councillor John Hunter said he would agree with the proposal if the Kennys agreed to the fencing of the south side as well as the west, but felt six feet was high enough. The final vote to agree with the Kenny's compliance to the Site Plan Agreement was three in favour and one against. Because the vote was not unanimous the issue will be on the agenda for Council's August meeting for third and final reading.

After the vote, Shannon Kenny said she was pleased - this has been "an uphill battle" - and was looking forward to "everyone getting along" after this. She said that their plan from the start has been to beautify the vacant lot and create a park-like setting.

She said she feels badly about the need for a fence on the southern border of the property, feeling a hedge would have been more pleasing to the neighbours, but added that she and her husband are "more than willing to do it if that's what it takes to make everyone happy."

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