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Letter to the editor: Fix It: Will someone at Town of NOTL please solve this weed problem?
Patricia Gregoire wants weeds taken care of in town. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

SUBMITTED BY PATRICIA GREGOIRE, ST. DAVIDS.
OPINION

Dear editor:

I have been trying to get this problem resolved for over two years. Here are the highlights. I have details and pictures to back up everything mentioned below.

We moved into a new home in St. Davids in June 2017. The developer/builder installed some nice landscaping in September 2017 alongside a fence that had previously been installed.

Spring 2018: The landscaping became totally engulfed with weeds.

I contacted the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and was told it was the developer’s responsibility to maintain the area until it was assumed by the Region of Niagara, about two years after completion of the development. NOTL said it would “encourage” the developer to address the weed problem.

During the spring, summer and early fall, we cleared the weeds from the area adjacent to our property and tried to keep on top of the rest of the area, but it was a losing fight.

October 2018: Weeding was completed. But no one could tell me who did it. We did not see anyone out there working on it.

2019: A re-enactment of the situation in 2018. Of course, the weeds came back with a vengeance. We began in the spring contacting the Town of NOTL telling representatives that the work done in October needed to be followed up before it got overgrown again. 

Now here we are in August and still nothing has been done. We have continued to try to keep our area weeded.

 There have been emails, phone calls and site visits, but no weeding. Varied explanations have been offered as to why the delay. I copied the latest emails to Lord Mayor Betty Disero, but received no response.

You are maybe wondering why the big fuss over weeds. Well, you really have to see the area. 

Some weeds are waist high, other areas are completely overrun, regular plantings have been overtaken. 

It is a total eyesore in an area that boasts to be the “prettiest” town around. Besides the obvious interest we have in keeping our local area beautiful, this is a blight on St. Davids and I would think that the Town of NOTL would care.  

I realize in the big scheme of things this would not be the highest priority, but it is also not quantum physics and would not take an inordinate amount of time to resolve.

I am frustrated, I am also tired. I am an 80-year-old woman weeding property that no one at the Town of NOTL can define/decide/direct who is actually responsible to do the work. 

The area in question is on Four Mile Creek Road at the intersection of Line 9 Road, north of York Road.  

There is also an area down Line 9 Road at Concession 3 where a pond is totally overrun. Residents have been cleaning, but town officials advised them they are not to do this. Nor will the town pick up the waste resulting from the residents’ cleanup.

Sincerely,

Patricia Gregoire

 St. Davids

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