Weeds grow wild on a Cornwall property.
CORNWALL, Ontario - A vocal member of the city's new property standards committee has resigned in protest and moved out of Cornwall.
Lianne Geoffrion complained that she was met with bureaucratic red tape while a member of the committee and suggested the city still hasn't done enough to address the issue of derelict property owners in Cornwall.
She and her husband moved out of the city this summer in frustration and now live in South Stormont.
"It was a desperate decision considering our devalued property, the costs of moving not to mention recent surgery and the stress on seniors such as ourselves," said Geoffrion, who moved to Cornwall in 2011. "Even though I was a member of this new committee, I still did not have the support of staff and councillors, mayor, clerk and CAO still would not reply to my personal e-mails."
Geoffrion has been vocal in the past about property standards in the city, consenting to media interviews and the like before the committee was even created.
Coun. Maurice Dupelle, a member of the committee and one of the louder voices around the council table when it comes to getting tough on property owners who shirk their responsibilities, sympathized with Geoffrion's frustrations, but also defended the city.
"She's kind of painted everyone with the same brush," he said. "I sort of take offence to it...I think I've advocated to the best of my ability."
But he agreed Geoffrion makes a point when she suggests the city has been too slow in some cases to address derelict property owners effectively.
"There's some truth to what she is saying," he said. "But sometimes it take baby steps. It's hard."
More to come.