Enniskillen Township Council will not be making changes to its off-road vehicle.
Corey McKinnon came before Council on June 6 concerned about the noise from a dirt bike track on the Marthaville Side Road. He wanted a curfew placed on the dirt bike track. His neighbor and owner of the track, Kristen Kelvin, refutes his claims.
McKinnon was asked to collect signatures of property owners who had the same concern. He collected two additional signatures, while Kelvin countered with a petition of 19 signatures asking that no changes be made.
Most council members were torn on the issue, but no one wanted to change the existing off-road vehicle bylaw.
“I wouldn’t want it 20 feet from my house,” said Councillor Wally Van Dun.
He suggested a letter be sent to McKinnon asking him to document what is happening on the track if it continues. McKinnon has already submitted photographs.
Van Dun suggested a mediator should be set up between the neighbours to resolve the dispute.
“I don’t think a mediator is going to work,” countered Mayor Kevin Marriott.
Deputy Mayor Judy Krall noted the race track has been at the home for nine years and this is the first complaint about it.
Councillor Mary Lynne McCallum said people often have to put up with noise from farm equipment such as tractors and sprayers.
“It is a part of putting up with neighbours,” she said.
The township currently has an off-road vehicle bylaw, which limits off-road vehicles being driven from 10 am to 8 pm Monday to Saturday.
This only applies to two specific areas in the township and this Marthaville Sideroad location is not one of them.
Blake Ellis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent