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Monday, February 29, 2016

Mayor Unmuzzled Over Burl's Creek

Oro-Medonte | by Ian MacLennan  

Oro-Medonte Mayor declared a conflict over his grandson's employment.

No longer muzzled by a conflict-of-interest over Burl's Creek, Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes can open up about the controversial concert venue.

However, he isn't willing to walk the plank as the issue is before the Ontario Municipal Board.

Hughes declared the conflict over a year ago because his grandson, who lives with him and his wife, was employed by the former owner of Burl's Creek.

That is no longer the case, however, since there is an Ontario Municipal Board Hearing,  the mayor will only say no one likes to see anything come before a municipal board because it is like going to court.

He says it would have been much better to sit around a table and work things out.

Asked if Burl's Creek has been a good business partner,  Hughes acknowledged there have been issues where there have been violations and fines, but he believes those things have been worked out.

The OMB hearing is about a temporary zoning bylaw amendment for Burl's Creek to allow camping, parking and concessions at the park.

A group called Save Oro is striving to keep events like the Boots and Hearts Music Festival and the WayHome Music and Arts Festival out of the Township.


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