Angry Exchange Over Plans To Boost Trailer Taxes
MACKEY (Special)—An irate exchange of words was heard at this week's council meeting of the townships of Head, Clara and Maria. Mr. Les Fur, foreman for the Pat MacNulty Construction Company, came to council to protest the increase in trailer fees to $5 for residential trailers and $10 for commercial ones. The MacNulty company is doing work on Highway 17 west of Deep River.
"It is unfair that we should be taxed at all," said Mr. Fur at one point in the meeting. "We have brought business into the community, we are not staying longer than six months and we feel council is trying to get something for nothing. If we have to pay $5 for residential trailers and $10 for office and equipment trailers, then we will have to reconsider the hiring of local people on the job."
Councillor Sennett wanted to know if this statement was a threat. Several local interested ratepayers joined the discussion as well as one Department of Highways representative, who wanted to move an office trailer into the area.
Councillors decided to leave the motion as passed at the last council meeting. The motion states that residential trailers must pay a $5 fee and commercial trailers $10. Council pointed out that commercial trailers were defined as those conducting business. Sleeping, dining and equipment trailers would not be taxed.
There a r e 22 residential trailers in the townships and 10 trailers used by construction personnel for offices.
In other council business, the Department of Lands and Forests, in reply to council's request to help maintain the municipal dump at Stonecliffe, advised that they have now established their own dump for garbage from Driftwood Park and will no longer be using the municipal dump at Stonecliffe.
The Protestant graveyard at! Deux Rivieres was again a topic for discussion. Council will ask the road superintendent to repair the road to the cemetery and it now appears that local parties are going to clean up the area. Both Reverend R. C. Ross, United Church minister and Rev. Harry H. Brown, Anglican Church minister, who hold services at Deux Rivieres, had been invited J to attend the council meeting but were unable to be there.
Rev. Brown stated in a letter to council that, "We have some former parishioners buried there, but there is no official relationship between the cemetery and the parish. I under¬stand the cemetery is situated on privately-owned land, but this information is by word of mouth only. The parish is in no position to assume responsibility for its upkeep. I would, however, be quite prepared to encourage our people to join in any plan to clean up the area."
Council decided to recommend to R. Wigston, manager of the Airport Commission, that custom services be offered to Royalair at Pembroke. Council also supported the air¬port commission’s application for authority to operate bonded air carriers by Royalair.
Mr. R. B. Walker, consultant for youth, of the Recreation Branch of the Ontario Department of Education, Belleville, attended the meeting also and outlined the department's work in the recreation field. Members of the township community centre board were present and asked Mr. Walker many questions pertaining to the local group.