Wolfville watchdogs

You have no doubt noticed that our little logo is a dog with a bone.
Well we aren’t a lone hound dog now. We are now a pack. No mention of
us specifically but heck we aren’t complaining. We will quote extensively
for the record which may disappear off the Novanews site. We’ve added some emphasis and comments in square brackets.

“Who let the dogs out”

Accountability, standing up for the ‘little guy’ motivates Wolfville’s watchdogs:

In a major new [not THAT new – a gradual accretion we would say] departure, Wolfville town council sessions are attended by more than the lone scribe from The Advertiser. [who also reports on the school and wrote this article]In fact, three civic watchdogs are usually on hand.

Bill Welton began coming to meetings in 2002 when his family was in a dispute over ownership of dykeland. Some of those issues are smoothed over, but Welton keeps a seat warm at the rear of the chamber.

‘I want to know what’s going on,’ he says. ‘It could happen to anyone else.’

He adds that the price his family paid for disagreeing with the status quo was large. His father, Lawrence, once operated the town’s only snowplow.

‘We get no work from the town now. It used to run between $2,000 and $15,000 a year.’

He wishes that town staff could still afford to live within Wolfville boundries and that change was not always negative.

‚ÄòThere’s no vision’

‘We used to have an agricultural sector. Now we’re turning into something different and no one knows what that is. There’s no vision.’

On Dec. 18, former American municipal lawyer David Daniels questioned whether the height of a development on Willow Ave. met the development agreement. Chief Administrative Officer Roy Brideau referred his query to the town’s building inspector. Daniels’s interests are planning and process. The reasonably new Toye St. resident believes that if no one asks questions, town operations will just carry on as always.

‘I would like them to think twice and, to tell you the truth, I enjoy the meetings,’ Daniels said. Having lived in small towns north of New York, he knows how communities can turn into suburbs.

He has been vocal in his opposition to the process used for approval of the three-storey Railtown development on the edge of the dykes.

Welton adds, ‘if things aren’t done right then little people can get stepped on.’

Maxine Barrett and Anne Anderson have also been in regular attendance at council meetings. They take notes and report back to the local Council of Canadians.

The other W. doesn’t mention whether they or Mr. Daniels also belong to the Wolfville Neighbourhoods Association recently formed. We have noticed more and more attention to “what is going on” lately and couldn’t be happier. ‘Bout time.


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