Hudson residents react to by-law contravention warning
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
A Wilkinson Street resident in Hudson says he’s tired of dealing with poor paving, up-keep of
municipal right of way and notices of by-law infraction.
Hudson resident Roy Elliott was surprised to receive a visit from the Hudson Community Patrol Thursday June 18 after 6 p.m. with the purpose of hand-delivering a warning notice regarding an infraction of By-Law Number 471 on Streets and Public Places. The warning notice quotes Articles 11 and 12 of By-Law 471 concerning the municipal piece of land between the road line and the property line of the landowner.
As is the case with property owners in Hudson, Elliott and his neighbors on Wilkinson and Parsons Streets have been maintaining the strip of municipal land bordering their property by mowing the grass and providing general maintenance. In an attempt to keep the land in question from becoming deeply rutted by large vehicles, some of the residents placed pieces of wood and rocks on it as a protective barrier. Elliott reported that on weekends, vehicles from outside his neighborhood are parked along the side of Wilkinson and Parsons Streets while their owners are hiking, cycling, kayaking or involved in other activities.
Elliott, when contacted by Your Local Journal pointed out that the hand-delivered notice was addressed to a property on Parsons Street. “There are only two houses on Parsons and neither one got notices. All the houses on Wilkinson got them,” he said. In addition, the copy of the notice provided to YLJ is not dated although it stipulates that obstructions and objects must be removed within five days of receipt of the letter. Elliott confirmed that the obstructions in question had been removed during an interview Tuesday, June 23.
Elliott also pointed out the condition of the pavement on Wilkinson has seriously deteriorated since it was paved about three years ago after the sewage system was installed. “When it rains, it’s like Pine Lake,” said Elliott referring to the muddy condition of his street. He also noted that particular paving project did not include the stretch of street in front of his property. Mayor Ed Prévost, when contacted by YLJ, said he was not aware of these particular notices or that they had been hand delivered after hours. The mayor said he would look into the matter and added the application of municipal by-laws applies to all residents equally.
“We will be talking about this at the next town council meeting,” said Prévost. According to information posted on the new town web site, municipal right of way is governed as follows: “The space between the boundary of your property and the road pavement is designated as a municipal right of way. The maintenance and good order of this municipal space are the responsibility of the frontage resident. It is also prohibited for security reasons to place objects such as rocks, branches, etc. on this municipal right of way.”
Mayor Prévost confirmed Thursday, June 25, that Director General Duncan Campbell is aware of notices being issued and that the date and address issue will be corrected. “No one has been enforcing the by-laws,” said Prévost, “and now we are.” He explained that Carl Séguin, formerly a member of the Community Patrol, is now employed by the town as an inspection agent under the direction of Urban planning Manager Nathalie Lavoie. Prévost added that notices of infraction would continue to be hand-delivered.