Woolwich will look to its western neighbour in reviewing what to do about horse manure on roads in the township. And, like the conclusions drawn by Wellesley, that status quo is the likely outcome.
Discussed this week after Coun. Bonnie Bryant raised the concerns of a resident in her ward, the issue has resulted in a do-nothing approach in previous township reviews.
Christine Broughton, director of council and information services, said the township gets inquiries about horse droppings, but has no formal complaints on record. Woolwich has no regulations in place governing road apples.
She noted Wellesley went through a protracted review on 2010, ultimately deciding to do nothing. While horse-drawn vehicles to pose problems with waste strewn on roadways, the alternative also create problems, she said. Requiring horses to be equipped with manure catchers, for instance, raises the question of where to empty the containers. Likewise, having buggy drivers stop to scoop up the mess poses safety concerns, especially if there’s only one occupant.
Sensitive to the concerns raised from time to time – thus acknowledging the review – councillors appeared content with a reminder of the rural nature of the township.
“This is a rural community, we are going to have droppings,” noted Coun. Julie-Anne Herteis.
“I’ll support all horses having a bag when all cars have to have a plastic bag on their tailpipes,” joked Coun. Mark Bauman, who’s been through this discussion before as the only councillor to have served previous terms.
Chief administrative officer David Brenneman added the issue of horse manure is likely to arise periodically as the township grows and new people move in. As with tourists, some will probably come to see it as something that comes with the rural setting.
“I think for some, it’s part of the character.”