Former Huron East Mayor Joe Seili is exhausted by the number of complaints coming from Brussels inhabitants relating to property standard. According to some of the accusations, Seaforth is being treated in a much different manner in comparison to the town of Brussels.
These accusations were first heard in the media airwaves when the Brussels Legion welcomed roughly 40-50 “concerned” residents June 16, a meeting that was put together by Seili. At an administration meeting at Seaforth’s memorable town hall those issues were discussed with Grey Coun. Alvin McLellan chairing the gathering. In the crowd, Tuckersmith Ward representative, Ray Chartrand, Brussels Ward Councillor David Blainey and Grey Coun. Dianne Diehl were also in attendance.
Seili said when he wakes up in the morning, on his Brussels property, it’s common for him to fill up a half bag of garbage, or witness houses with overgrown grass, refrigerators in front yards, vehicles parked on the sidewalks and in worst cases in the middle of the road.
“When I go to work, I have to go on the wrong side of the road, to get around some of this stuff and that’s not right because there (are) a lot of people walking on the streets in Brussels at night,” explained Seili with a tone of distress in his voice.
He told McLellan he had already sent a list of concerns to him personally, however the Grey Coun. said the documents were not signed and to further those complaints the proper protocol hadn’t been followed.
‘If you need my signature on it and the paper wants to print it, I’ll be darn glad to put it on,” stated Seili, standing a couple feet away from a picture with him in it when he was the mayor of Huron East.
“I did in the past when I was mayor on some of these properties,” continued Seili.
Alvin asked. “So when you were mayor did you follow up on them as well, to see if they were going through the process?”
Seili said he let the staff follow procedure and admitted to not “micromanaging” his fellow colleagues at the time. However, he went on to say that he has left politics and he’s getting tired of “getting dragged back into it.”
“We used to have a sign at the edge of town, ‘Ontario’s prettiest village.’ There has been a few people that want to change the sign to Ontario’s prettiest dump and when you’re a ratepayer of Brussels, I take offense to that,” stated Seili June 28.
“I’ve dr(iven) through Seaforth, and I don’t see this stuff in Seaforth.”
With the 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo being held in Walton, Seili said this would be an opportunity to settle these disputes.
Ray Chartrand asked to speak on the matter. In the last seven or so months, he said there have been about four complaints from Seaforth to Vanastra that he has personally been involved with.
“One was on Highway 8, every time you drove into Seaforth, you saw garbage and trailers,” Chartrand stated. “All four of them the process worked, the residents filled out a form, they signed it and in all four cases the properties were cleaned up.”
Seili told the group of Huron East representatives, “the last time I checked we all paid the same millrate, all the people of Brussels are asking is for the same service,” as Seaforth.