‘We’re new to the neighbourhood but we dumped all of our money into that house, it’s our dream property. And now it’s completely threatened,’ says Oro-Medonte citizen
Wayne Doyle, Barrie Today, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
When Oro-Medonte Township’s Mayor Randy Greenlaw and Deputy Mayor Peter Lavoie make their presentation opposing Barrie’s planned annexation at the provincial government’s standing committee on heritage, infrastructure and cultural policy in Ajax on Tuesday, they’ll have the support of hundreds of Oro-Medonte residents.
On Monday, five of those residents — Jane Voorheis, John Caldwell, Rosemary Dunsmore and married couple Brad and Becky Simon — presented the mayor and deputy mayor with a petition signed by more than 400 Oro-Medonte Township residents opposed to the City of Barrie’s planned annexation.
“Becky (Simon) started the petition and I sort of guided her as to where we should go to get signatures,” explained Dunsmore, who has lived on her Ridge Road property in Oro-Medonte for more than 60 years. “My thought was we have to go to all of the landowners that are involved and their neighbours.”
Becky Simon canvassed Line 1 and Dunsmore solicited signatures from folks who live on Line 93.
John Caldwell, who represents the fifth generation of his family to live on the same plot of Oro-Medonte land, started his own petition Sunday morning and in less than two hours, he had more than 150 signatures.