UXBRIDGE: Local residents expecting a resolution to the ongoing debate surrounding the township's revised firearms discharge by-law were left waiting on Monday, July 15, as the matter was tabled until later this summer.
Council Chambers were flooded with stakeholders in the matter, which has seen residents in the vicinity of Uxbridge Shooting Sports draw a line in the sand over the proposal, which would see increased hours at the Conc. 4 facility.
The motion to table the matter until council's meeting in August was put forth by Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy, who also asked that staff split the by-law in two. One half would deal with shooting ranges in the township, while the other half would deal with issues surrounding farmers' ability to shoot predators causing their livestock undue harm.
"There are still a lot of questions that haven't been answered, and we should table (this by-law) until our August 12 meeting," said Councillor Molloy.
After hearing from the audience, Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor was of the opinion that portions of the by-law dealing with farmers being able to shoot predators on their property were unchallenged by local residents.
However, Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle sought to continue the process, explaining that significant progress had already been made in the lengthy by-law review process.
"I would rather continue with the process. I think that we are close to finalizing some of the key issues in having this by-law resolved," commented Councillor Mantle. "We'll have debated this issue for over a year."
Councillor Mantle's protests would go unheeded as other members of council sought to further review the matter.
"You can't rush something through, it has to be done right," added Ward 1 Councillor Bev Northeast.
Mayor O'Connor also commented on the need to draft a by-law that will meet the needs of all community members going forward.
"If we're going to make changes, we have to do them right and have to do them fairly," said Mayor O'Connor. "We have to come up with something that both sides can agree to, and I expect there will be some give-and-take on both sides."