Cossitt Place residents present petition

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The residents of Cossitt Place and surrounding area got to present their petition to Corner Brook city council at its public meeting Wednesday.

The neighbours claim the youth who live in a group home that opened on the street in early June have had a disruptive presence since moving into the area.

Speaking on behalf of the more than 100 people who signed the petition outlining their concerns, Glen Knee asked council for its help.

Acknowledging the city already has publicly stated the group home did not need a permit from the city to open, Knee asked for advice on where the residents could take their concerns next.

Mayor Charles Pender, who said the group home falls under provincial government jurisdiction, said council will do what it can to help the neighbours resolve their issues with the group home.

Organizations: Corner Brook city council

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  • Really Now
    July 03, 2014 - 22:35

    How is this not being treated as a business? The organization running it is a FOR-PROFIT entity. Anyone else wanting to setup a business in their homes must get city approval, have all the permits & licenses in place right?

  • Two cents
    July 03, 2014 - 20:06

    I live on Sunnyslope, only a few houses away from Cossitt. I had no idea a group home was operating on that street. I've heard no disturbances nor have I witnessed any increase in traffic (other than that due to the traffic diversion with road work at Sunnyslope and O'Connell). Folks who live in this home may be there through no fault of their own and with no other options - instead of making them feel unwelcomed, shamed and isolated, why not try welcoming them. It seems to me the bad apples here are not those who require the group home to help them through a difficult time in their life but the nose in the air, panties in a wad neighbors. Of course, I could never say this publically or with my name attached to it or they might try to force me out of the neighborhood as well

    • Roy
      July 04, 2014 - 08:33

      Of course you can't use your name because that would prove you don't live in the area.

  • Concerned resident
    July 03, 2014 - 08:58

    I wonder how council would have reacted if Blue Sky setup "shop" (business) on one of their streets! The traffic has increased ten fold on the once quiet street is now bustling with activity! Didn't spend 300,000 plus to leave in an area like that.

  • Too Funny
    July 03, 2014 - 07:46

    "group home", sounds like a business to me. Don't expect any help from the town council. They have consistently avoided these types of situations and show no signs of acting like a city.

  • John Q.
    July 03, 2014 - 07:41

    Great!!!!! Referred to the government who support this type of institutionalized home care housing in our neighborhoods. Charles Pender and council instead of taking a lead role in resolution has deflected this thorny problem to Municipal Affairs. In other words washed their hands of it... Cheez, they could have required and denied a permit when approached by blue sky and gone thru a appeal process. At least it would have shown some backbone and demonstrated support for affected residents and also police would not have to babysit for the undisciplined teenagers in this facility.