8 June 7, 2012 - St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News
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Elgin County Council by Nency Peters
Neighbour’s yard At the May 28 Central Elgin Council meeting, Wendy Dodd, a resident of Oakview Crescent, asked Central Elgin Council to take some kind of action regarding her neighbour’s property which she says has been neglected and not cleaned or
kept up. She said that this neighbour’s property might devalue the rest of the properties in that area when they go up for sale and that it just doesn’t look nice. Councillors said that they can’t go in and clean up since it’s private property. The only thing they could do is to deal with the height of the grass and any noxious weeds. Council
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suggested she have Kettle Creek Conservation Authority come in to identify any noxious weeds. Memorial markers Council discussed putting up memorial markers on selected trees at certain parks not only for the memorials in themselves but also for educational purposes by naming the species of the trees. Councillor Sally Martyn said that the markers can be made out of plastic which would be inexpensive. Taking into consideration the vandalism that is common in public places, the markers would often have to be replaced, said Lloyd Perrin, Director of Physical Services. Council agreed to be flexible as to where to put these markers as some parks would be more appropriate and less prone to vandalism. Sparta Hall Councillors discussed helping out Sparta with the construction costs of an accessible rear entrance at the Community Hall. They said that they would be willing to help out with the labour costs, and decided that at the June 4th community input meeting they would consult with the Sparta community to see what they think about the proposal and maybe come up with a plan that will help cover the costs. Recycling grass clippings Central Elgin will educate people this summer on recycling grass clippings to inform them about how it works and the benefits of it, and then move to enforcing a policy around this in the fall. Director of Physical Services Lloyd Perrin said that 15-20 tons of waste would be saved from landfills. It’s not much but it does make a difference, and there are other benefits to this as well, he said. At this time it would be strictly grass recycling.