Council denies request for meeting about Gore Road tower

While some local landowners are still unhappy about the location of a proposed Bell Mobility tower on Gore Road, as far as Puslinch councillors are concerned, the matter is closed.

On Sept. 3, council chose to deny a request for a meeting with council from a resident who lives near the proposed tower located at 7094 Gore Road.

In a letter to council and staff, the resident asked for a meeting between residents, council, Bell Canada, and MP Michael Chong to discuss concerns with the location of the tower and possible alternative sites.

Councillors, however, citing a previous resolution in which council endorsed the location of the tower, felt the matter is over.

Councillor Susan Fielding said there is nothing else the township can do, as it can’t please everybody.

“I agree,” said Chief Build­ing Official Dave Thomp­son, who told council he had personally not heard anything from residents since council okayed the location of two towers – the other at the Galt Sportsmen’s Club – on Aug. 6.

Councillor Dick Visser, sitting in as mayor for the absent Brad Whitcombe, also agreed. He said the issue has to come to a conclusion at some point.

But following the meeting, Thompson confirmed at least one resident does not agree and is still complaining to Industry Canada.

Thompson explained the resident’s arguments, however, do not even comply with Industry Canada standards.

Industry Canada, a federal gov­ernment agency, becomes involved in the decision process only in such matters if the proponent (Bell) and the land use authority (the township) are not able to agree, which they now have done.