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Thursday, 23 May 2013; 20h00
Dear Atlasville Resident
This has been a bad week for me.
I have been exposed to so many areas of poor service delivery and sub standard performance that as a resident like yourself, I am not prepared to accept this. Areas that require attention:
• The heavy handed tactics of the council in cutting off electricty
• A complaint from a resident about an illegal business TWO (yes 2 – TWEE BILI) years that is still not resolved and no action has taken place
• Marquees in the parks, last year and this past Saturday
• Illegal signs in the suburb
This is some of the issues at hand.
And then the cherry on the top; My email to you on Saturday about us not adhering to the bylaws, and that my opinion if we continue with this trend this will eventually affect property values, I got this response:
I shall quote from the mail (and note that this was my (Shane’s) view):
Sad that we continue to break bylaws. I must remind everyone of the funeral that was held last year, where I wrote to you saying that we had been failed. The only response back from that one is that it was illegal.
Were the residents fined? Was it taken further? Doubt it.
And I venture to say that nothing will come about this case.
Therefore, bylaws mean nothing if not ENFORCED !!!!
Where does this leave you and me, who have substantial amounts of cash invested in property in this suburb. Do we all turn a blind eye and go into downward spiral of dropping property values because we can all do as we like with NO CONSEQUENCES?
I think NOT.
If you are happy with the status quo, do nothing. But if you are with my sentiment, make it known to Andre and hold him accountable for making our grievances heard and dealt with.
Thanks for the concerns you have raised on the below mail,I agree with you, we all have to respect the bylaws and abide by them.
I appreciate that we have a forum like ours, “Atlasville residence” and once we start talking as neighbors, good things happen.
I don’t agree with your sentiment mentioned on the mail below. I think your approach is patronizing and insensitive.
The neighbor in question has been a residence in our suburb for the past 12 years; unfortunately he tragically lost his spouse to an untimely death. We couldn’t have expected them to have the funeral held elsewhere.
The funeral was attended en masse I noticed many cars parked on pavements and I did not see anything out of order , yes there were portable toilets placed on the pavement, and were taken away afterwards , the streets and pavements were cleaned up.
Events like funerals, you don’t plan for, they can happen to anyone of us, at any given time. I don’t see having a funeral in Atlasville devalue our properties in any way.
We need to communicate effectively, as neighbors to know where there will be a funeral, and we become aware and plan accordingly to minimize the inconvenience caused by the influx of traffic, mourners etc.
Note again: This was not Andre’s sentiments, but mine. I have written back to the writer of the email and pointed this out.
From the outset, let me state that everyone is free of their opinion and I respect this opinion. I then started thinking about myself and the role I play in Atlasville. I also questioned whether that I had a one sided view or does this represent the view of the rest of the community. What is the true sentiment of this community?
I have also considered if it is really worth my while continuing to run Atlasville Organisation, or if I should pack it in and go fishing?
This is where I want your views and I don’t want them back in an email, but I want you to go to the website and comment on this article. I want you to be polite, respectful of one another’s views, but frank and truthful.
What is your position and view in living in this suburb? Is it OK to break the bylaws, or are the important to live in harmony with one another?
Some examples I will give you where we are breaking them:
• Burning rubbish on your property
• Putting out refuse bags early
• Not stopping at stop streets
• Illegal advertising
• Running businesses (take a look at Finch road just as an example)
• Marquees in the park
Yes it is sad to say that only a very small amount of people will get involved to help us running Atlasville Organisation, for the benefit of the larger community, while there will be a small pocket of people that do not agree.
But while we are doing this for the greater benefit of all, then it is important that we are representing the sentiment of the greater group.
Please go to the website, find this article, and comment on it – YOUR feelings and views.
1. Do you agree we should be adhering to the bylaws?
2. Is it OK to break them?
3. Do you believe Atlasville Organisation is focusing on the correct areas? If not where should this focus be?
4. Is it right that only a small handful of people be involved?
5. Do we continue with Atlasville Organisation or do we pack it in?
Your comment will be held at first and then provided you have been respectful in your reply it will be released.
Thank you for reading this.