Tactics make elephant weep

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Greenhouse cleanup remains on hold while assessment completed, Oct. 16 The News.

Isn’t there a leader in Dundas who actually knows how to make a timely decision about anything?

A case in the point is the rundown, derelict Veldhuis property at the eastern entrance to town. The bureaucratic stall tactics being used by the city and Hamilton Conservation Authority would make an elephant weep. Private citizens would never be allowed to ignore a mess like this on their property. The city bylaws would kick in and workers would simply clean up the site and send private owners the bill.

If this stalled project does not become a local election issue, it should. Residents of Dundas should be furious, disgusted and ashamed that our civic leaders allow this kind of foot-dragging to go on for years right under our noses.

And now that HCA technically owns this town entrance eyesore, complaining to this agency is like whistling in the wind. After all, it claims there is no danger to kids as there is a protective fence to keep them from injuring or killing themselves on broken glass. (A rabbit could walk through it with its eyes closed).

And of course soil studies ad naseum must be completed even though experts say there is no contamination problem. But it seems that any excuse for a delay is a good excuse. And buck-passing has now been perfected to fine art.

Jim McDonald, Dundas

Tactics make elephant weep

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Greenhouse cleanup remains on hold while assessment completed, Oct. 16 The News.

Isn’t there a leader in Dundas who actually knows how to make a timely decision about anything?

A case in the point is the rundown, derelict Veldhuis property at the eastern entrance to town. The bureaucratic stall tactics being used by the city and Hamilton Conservation Authority would make an elephant weep. Private citizens would never be allowed to ignore a mess like this on their property. The city bylaws would kick in and workers would simply clean up the site and send private owners the bill.

If this stalled project does not become a local election issue, it should. Residents of Dundas should be furious, disgusted and ashamed that our civic leaders allow this kind of foot-dragging to go on for years right under our noses.

And now that HCA technically owns this town entrance eyesore, complaining to this agency is like whistling in the wind. After all, it claims there is no danger to kids as there is a protective fence to keep them from injuring or killing themselves on broken glass. (A rabbit could walk through it with its eyes closed).

And of course soil studies ad naseum must be completed even though experts say there is no contamination problem. But it seems that any excuse for a delay is a good excuse. And buck-passing has now been perfected to fine art.

Jim McDonald, Dundas

Tactics make elephant weep

News Oct 23, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Greenhouse cleanup remains on hold while assessment completed, Oct. 16 The News.

Isn’t there a leader in Dundas who actually knows how to make a timely decision about anything?

A case in the point is the rundown, derelict Veldhuis property at the eastern entrance to town. The bureaucratic stall tactics being used by the city and Hamilton Conservation Authority would make an elephant weep. Private citizens would never be allowed to ignore a mess like this on their property. The city bylaws would kick in and workers would simply clean up the site and send private owners the bill.

If this stalled project does not become a local election issue, it should. Residents of Dundas should be furious, disgusted and ashamed that our civic leaders allow this kind of foot-dragging to go on for years right under our noses.

And now that HCA technically owns this town entrance eyesore, complaining to this agency is like whistling in the wind. After all, it claims there is no danger to kids as there is a protective fence to keep them from injuring or killing themselves on broken glass. (A rabbit could walk through it with its eyes closed).

And of course soil studies ad naseum must be completed even though experts say there is no contamination problem. But it seems that any excuse for a delay is a good excuse. And buck-passing has now been perfected to fine art.

Jim McDonald, Dundas