North Huron council responds to letter received from Morris-Turnberry resident

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NORTH HURON – The decision to charge user-fees for North Huron facilities was discussed again at the March 15 council meeting after a scathing letter was sent to them by Morris-Turnberry resident Dixie Lee Arbuckle.

Arbuckle accused council of being short-sighted and said that the decision to charge non-residents a 25 per cent surcharge for the use of recreation facilities “smacks of pettiness and vindictiveness.”

Councillor Chris Palmer voiced his concerns about receiving letters like this.

Reeve Bernie Bailey reminded council that it was Morris-Turnberry who made that decision, not North Huron.

“I have it in writing from their CAO,” Bailey said, explaining to Palmer that Morris-Turnberry was very clear in their words, “they want user pays, they are no longer paying for anything.”

At the Nov. 17, Morris-Turnberry council meeting, councillors voted for their residents to pay for their resident’s use of North Huron facilities.

Deputy Reeve Trevor Seip said that reconsideration of the decision is always an option, but he was not aware of any councillors requesting this option at this point.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times