----- Ditch cleaning : pot & kettle
I read the Neighbourhood Bulletin article concerning ditches on page 22 in the November 4 Aylmer Bulletin when I came indoors from the backbreaking task of raking leaves out of our ditch. When walking through the Wychwood neighbourhood, it’s clear there seems to be a lack of awareness of homeowners’ responsibilities for the seasonal maintenance of their ditches.
However, it offends/enrages me to be preached at by the City of Gatineau on this issue given the glaringly obvious lack of maintenance (for years, not seasons) of the ditch on the city`s “vacant lot” along Rue Glenholm. In addition to accumulations of leaves and garbage, saplings have had time to take root since the last time the City put any effort into maintaining their ditch.
This gives the impression that there`s one set of rules for homeowners and another for the City and takes away from the validity of their messaging.