Letter to the editor 6, Sept. 14, 2017

Open letter to Hudson Councillor Deborah Woodhead

Dear Councillor Woodhead, We wish to follow-up on the letter we sent you, Mayor Ed Prévost and the other counciliors dated August 30, 2017, as well as the newspaper article that appeared in Your Local Journal Thursday, September 7, 2017. We are pleased to know that “you will be studying this case” as stated in the article and we look forward to hearing from you in the very near future with the findings and the resolutions of your study.

On the other hand, we would like to share our dissatisfaction with the statement you made in the same article where you stated “At this point in time our by-laws were adhered to.” Can you please clarify to us what research or analysis was done to bring you to this conclusion and allow you to make this public statement?

We would like to highlight the following points that were included in our original letter to you: • The neighbour completely bulldozed a zone of approximately 50 feet long (from the Ridge side) on our property that contained multiple young trees and shrubs that were crucial in securing our privacy from the busy Ridge traffic. Is someone cutting any vegetation (trees, shrubs, etc.) on a neighbor’s property (without their permission) part of our Hudson by-laws? • The town had marked with red paint the sick or dangerous trees to be cut down with a permit, however, any trees that could not be cut down whatsoever (with a minimum of 25 cm) were probably impossible to reconcile after the fact without proper photos or plans being done before the cut down. All in all, probably in excess of 100 trees of all sizes were cut down. How can you be sure all trees that were cut were approved when the town only marked the sick and dangerous trees over a 25cm diameter? Did the town establish a way to identify the trees which had to remain?

Please allow us to be puzzled by your “At this point in time our by-laws were adhered to” statement. It is without any doubt incorrect and misleads the population of Hudson on the validity of our case.

We have photos and videos that showcase the above points. We wish you would have contacted us to review the facts (with photos and videos) prior to committing to such a public statement. Your representative, Mr. Carl Seguin, cannot dispute the above statements.

At this time, it would be appropriate and respectful to inform The Journal that your “At this point in time our by-laws were adhered to” statement was premature and that a further investigation is required before a verdict can be reached regarding this incident. We look forward to hearing back from you. Sincerely, Carole Ménard and Pierre Lanctôt

Hudson

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