Pictured is the St. Joseph's Church glebe house in Petit de Grat back in 1996.

ARICHAT: Councillors denied a request to forgive tipping fees for a group demolishing the former glebe house in Petit de Grat.

The St. Joseph Parish finance committee wrote Richmond Municipal Council and explained that when the Notre Dame de l’Assomption glebe house in Arichat was demolished, the municipality did not charge tipping fees at the landfill in West Arichat. During the regular monthly meeting on April 23 in Arichat, the committee requested a similar arrangement.

Although the letter was coming from the area he represents, District 1 councillor James Goyetche could not support the request.

“Our current by-law does not allow the waiving of any fees for any organization,” Goyetche told council. “I think what we’d be doing here is setting a precedent. I know this is from my district but we will have to revisit our by-laws and make amendments or changes, in order to waive these fees. If you do it for one organization, or any group, then you’ll have to do it for everybody else that comes before council.”

In order to fulfill this ask, Goyetche said council will have to revisit current by-laws.

The glebe house in Petit de Grat is pictured in the 1950s.

District 4 councillor Gilbert Boucher also did not support the request.

“I totally agree with councillor Goyetche,” he told council. “We have a by-law, everybody pays tipping fees there so I will not be supporting this motion to change that.”

District 2 councillor Alvin Martell pointed out that a precedent was set when the council of the day – of which he was apart – did waive the tipping fees for the Arichat glebe house demolition three years ago.

Warden Brian Marchand added that council will send correspondence to the committee that they cannot waive the tipping fees.