Friday, March 27, 2015

Dunnottar Ratepayers Association



 Welcome to the Dunnottar Ratepayers Association website


President's Update - March 23, 2015


On March 12, 2015 the Public Utilities Board through rate order No. 32/15 deemed Dunnottar's holding tank system of collection a “PUBLIC UTILITY” and imposed a flat rate sewage fee of $490.00 per property.

The Public Utility Board was lobbied starting in September 2013 by a petition of 39 tax payers who felt they are unfairly taxed for sewage. As well, the Dunnottar Mayor and Council were aware of this activity and provided financial information to the PUB during the decision making process.

At no time did the PUB or Dunnottar Council inform the tax payers of Dunnottar of the impending review of Dunnottar sewage rates. We find this reprehensible to say the least.

To change an assessment based sewage tax to a flat rate of $490.00 per year is a tax shift of monumental oportions. For example, a highly assessed property of $340,000.00 currently pays about $1,300.00 for sewage pump outs. That rate will now be slashed to $490.00 yearly. A lower assessed property of $100,000.00 currently pays about $330.00 for sewage pump outs. That rate will now be raised to $490.00 yearly.

At no time was the option of 50% assessment based and 50% flat based tax rate for pump outs put in front of the PUB. The Dunnottar Ratepayers Association will put this payment option forward to the PUB. The DRA will start an appeal process to have the PUB order number 32/15 to be reviewed and verified and also request a PUB public hearing on the issue , something Dunnottar Council has neglected to consider.

One has to wounder if this is really a Public Utility.

Ed Strauman, President
Dunnottar Ratepayers Association


On February 10, 2015, the Dunnottar Ratepayers Association Executive met with the Assistant Deputy Minister of Municipal Government regarding concerns our organization has with some of the resolutions passed at your November 2014 annual general meeting.

In particular:

  • resolution 4-2014 ... "revise the current resolution to develop a higher threshold of objections"

  • resolution 5-2014 ... "develop a screening / review process to consider the merit of objections"

  • "consider that objections on certain applications be limited to property owners and citizens of the municipality and / or within a defined distance of the project! proposal"

The Dunnottar Ratepayers Association feels the AMM proposals to limit, screen and increase the threshold of letters of objection is a clear attempt to stifle public opposition to controversial borrowing by-laws.

One only has to review Dunnottar Council's mishandling of the 2012 sewer issue to reinforce why the tax paying public needs more access to Municipal Board hearings not less, as you are proposing.

At a time when groups like the Dunnottar Ratepayers Association lobby for more open and transparent government at the municipal level, it would appear the AMM is advocating blocking behaviors which could result in less transparency and the erosion of the democratic process.

After our meeting with Provincial Municipal Government officials, it was clearly stated that the province is in no rush to restrict public inputs to the municipal borrowing process. This does raise the question as to why the AMM is so interested in doing so.  

Village of Dunnottar Minutes - August 2014
Article 15.7 - Municipal Planning Commission Appointees
Resolution # 184-14
Council appoints the following residents to the municipal planning commission as per
by-law 841-07 for the terms indicated:
George Thompson To January 2016
Cary Storey            To January 2016
Doreen Rosassen  To January 2015
David Lobban         To January 2015

It would seem that these appointments by council favor those who are in support of a sewer system for Dunnottar.  The DRA would like to see a more balanced series of appointments, including cottagers, considering the results of the July 2012 sewer referendum.

President Edward Strauman                                            
Dunnottar Ratepayers Association

Village of Dunnottar minutes from Wednesday December 17-2014.
Resolution Number 262/14  Newberry ,Campbell.

Be it Resolved that council of the Village of Dunnottar hire J. M. Thevenot for the position of Chief Administrative Officer as per the set out in the attached contract.

For: Oberding ,Campbell, Howard, Newberry, Gamble carried.  

For information only J.M. Thevenot was the acting C.A.O. during the Sewer Referendum.



Message from Bob Haip - June 12, 2014

This is to advise our members and friends of the Dunnottar Ratepayers Association that I will no longer serve as President and have turned over the position to Ed Strauman who has been a long time member and has served on the Executive as a Member at Large.  Lynn Livesley has also decided to relinquish the role of vice president.  At this time both Lynn and I wish to acknowledge and thank our members for their support during our term in office.

As you know, this summer is an election year for Mayor and Council.  It is important that you question each candidate of his/her intention with regard to the sewer issue that is still a concern for many of our residents.  We are hopeful that the newly elected Mayor and Council will represent all village residents both permanent and seasonal.  As the Ratepayers group we would like to act not as a watch dog, but as a liason between both Council and Residents.

In closing, I would like to thank those individuals who gave so much of their time and effort during the sewer referendum.  I would also especially like to take this opportunity to thank my wife Jan for her help in keeping me organized throughout my time as President.

- Bob Haip

Referendum Results - July 2012

 Referendum Question   Yes  No
"Do you support the installation of a low pressure
sewer system as proposed by the Village of
Dunnottar Borrowing By-Law No. 891/12"
  377   901
 29.5%  70.5%

With the conclusion of the by-election and referendum, the Dunnottar Ratepayers Association kindly requests residents remove the red and white signs from their property.  Removal of signs will help restore community harmony and enable everyone to enjoy a well deserved summer. 



June 2, 2012 - The Public Hearing that Never Was 

 2012-06-02-CancellationNotice_01_Thmb.jpg On May 25, 2012 Mayor and Council held a 'Special Meeting' to postpone the public hearing scheduled to occur on June 2nd. 

Approximately 150 residents arrived on June 2nd expecting to meet with Mayor and Council to discuss their concerns. 

Residents arriving were disgusted with the lack of respect for their time, effort and money spent to attend the meeting.  Click here to read more.  


May 9, 2012  Are You Uncertain About the Low Pressure Sewer?


Village Council is again pursuing a costly, unnecessary and environmentally unfriendly low pressure sewer system.

If you are uncertain or confused by documents and information Council has provided, we strongly encourage you to spend 25 minutes and watch our informative and objective video.

To watch the video
click here or click anywhere on the image to the left.

Ratepayers Express Their Concerns
Are On-Lot Cost Estimates Optimistic?
Concerned Ratepayers Ask Mayor and Council Questions

© Dunnottar Ratepayers Association 2012