Residents near Burgessville are objecting to the expansion of a hog operation on Evergreen Street south of the village.
An application for a minor zoning variance to allow the construction of a new hog barn was received by township council. If approved the operation would grow from 750 hogs to 1600.
The new barn would contain an indoor manure storage facility replacing an outdoor tank that currently exists.
Area residents at the meeting were objecting to the potential increase in noise, odours and possible contamination of the water table. There were also worries about the new building being 230 metres closer to the edge of Burgessville.
Council also heard that another accessory building on the property had been expanded and is being used as a welding facility which is contrary to the zoning of the area.
Council had to separate the issue of the potentially illegal welding operation and the zoning variation.
The welding operation is not allowed under the provincial planning act and the expansion of the building construction was done without any of the proper permits. That issue continues to be investigated.
A family considering a move into Norwich Township will not have to leave one of their dogs behind. Council has decided to grant an exemption under the township’s two dog rule. The current bylaw in the Township limits two dogs to a property, by from time to time exemptions are allowed.
In this situation a family moving in from Dutton/Dunwich has three dogs, which are allowed under that community’s bylaw. The eldest dog is 10 years old and the family does not want to face the decision of having to leave a pet behind.
There will be a third annual Norwich charity golf tournament. Due to the success of the previous two years, council heartily approved holding the tournament on Friday September 6th. The township hopes that shifting the tournament to a Friday will attract more golfers. Over the past two years, the tournament has raised more than $8,600 which is divided up among various community groups.
There will be new life in the old Otterville Fire Hall. Norwich Township has been approached by Execulink to rent the building. The company will be using it as a sales base for the fibre optic program for the village. Council was told that having tenants using the firehall as offices it may make the building more attractive to potential purchasers in the future.
Norwich Council has approved a plan to formalize how disputes can be settled in the Township. Staff had been told that a concern of businesses still centres on red tape and trying to get questions solved. One solution proposed is if a constituent has a complaint, question or concern, and they approach the Mayor or Council, it would be simplest to arrange a meeting among the staff, the resident and the member of council, so there is not a delay in response and limits the chance of the message being misconstrued. (bd)