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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Letter: Hold a referendum on St. Davids roundabout plan
Letter writer Samuel Young argues there should be a referendum on the St. Davids roundabout. RICHARD HARLEY/MIDJOURNEY

Dear editor:

This is an open letter to Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa and members of town council.

How much longer must residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake witness the overbearing mudslinging attacks on the mayor and the “for and against” commentaries related to the region’s proposed St. Davids roundabout?

Given the financial magnitude of this project, which one letter writer in The Lake Report suggested could be upward of  $10 million to $12 million, I am calling on Lord Mayor Zalepa to table a motion calling for a referendum on the matter by the residents of St. Davids.

Going forward, future consultations between our elected officials and others will have a clear, unchallenged view of the residents’ sentiments.

Not all disputed projects cry out for a referendum. This one does.

Democratically, it’s the right thing to do.

In fact, the potential cost impact suggests the referendum should include all residents of NOTL.

Samuel Young
NOTL

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