I looked up in the sky today and saw one!
Mayor Woodcock... even though a helicopter was seen at Anstruther today, there is no need to worry that an Anstruther Cottager has a dock with a helicopter pad awaiting this helicopter's landing. Nope. We can't do that. We can't because of the bylaw passed on June 21, 2016.
Mayor Woodcock, we very much recall the concern you raised during the dock bylaw meeting on June 21st 2016. This meeting was so unforgettable, it's what I think of when I see a helicopter now.
It really is a darned good thing that Mayor Woodcock DID raise it - because it didn't occur to anybody else and, just imagine where we'd be if he hadn't. I don't think any observer in the room realized the risk of giving a resident the ability to choose to build a larger dock could lead a resident to building one that would double as a helicopter pad. So, now we know why it's important to limit what a resident can build. ('cause they just might build the shape/size as they please...on their own property...imagine that).
Or did we misunderstand?
Here's how it all rolled out...There were three options proposed by the Planner. One option was not good at all, this is the opinion of many who have spoken out countless times to Council about that option's drawbacks. Another option was status quo. And finally, another that was what observers considered a compromise. Deep down we really wanted status quo but knew that wasn't going to happen so the compromise option seemed the path to just get it overwith. Initially Council seemed to like the compromise option...but then Mayor Woodcock did some calculations and pointed out that if this option were passed, it could potentially lead to a dock that could hold a helicopter pad. Yup, a helicopter pad. Oh dear - we never thought of that. Other councillors hesitated and considered this dilemma. Yes - they appeared to now also see the problem.
Were they concerned that North kawartha could become a haven for helicopters?
All Observers also hesitated and considered the helicopter pad dilemma. Wait - what just happened? We all looked at each other and were confused. Helicopter? Did Mayor Woodcock say helicopter?? Yup. Was there a dock with a helicopter pad somewhere in North Kawartha that was a problem? Wait - no - was there a helicopter pad on a dock AT ALL in north kawartha? We must have misunderstood. A dock that large is ridiculious. ...But...pretty sure he said helicopter pad!!?? As dockbuilders, we've never built one so large... and we have never seen one so large. It's also really hard to imagine someone willing to pay the huge cost that it would take to build one.
It must have been a very big concern for Mayor Woodcock, he repeated the concern multiple times. So many times in fact that Council began to shift consideration to an alternative, and nope, it wasn't status quo, they began to focus on the worst option of the three proposed by the Planner. So, Council passed a bylaw that many feel was the worst option for residents, and also resulted in six appeals at the OMB. Six appeals that still remain unsettled today.
Mayor Woodcock, Deputy Mayor Hutton, Councillor O'Shea and Councillor Miszuk all passed the bylaw rather than embracing the compromise option. To observers, it appeared it was all because the compromise option included the risk of helicopter pads.
Yes, this story is what comes to mind every time I see a helicopter now. And the story deserves being repeated. It's important to be aware of the decisions your council makes (and why) as these decisions impact you.
Every time I see a helicopter I now think of Mayor Woodcock, Deputy Mayor Hutton, Councillor O'Shea and Councillor Miszuk. These are the folks who are concerned about helicopter pads. They passed a bylaw that resulted in 'dock chaos' for North Kawartha residents for the past two years. Dock Chaos is their legacy to residents.
So why was a helicopter visiting Anstruther today? Very doubtful it was searching out a dock to use as a landing spot, nope, there are still cottages without hydro after Friday's wind storm and they are scouting the problem areas.
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