Taxpayers won’t be on the hook for towing

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Blake Ellis/Local Journalism Initiative

Dawn-Euphemia will be paying a $7,600 towing bill but vows taxpayers won’t be left on the hook for it.

On March 16, a 40-foot tobacco trailer had a flat tire and was disabled on Lambton Line. While the driver was changing the tire, there was an automobile accident involving the trailer, where a car rolled.

Due to the size of the trailer, a specialized towing company was called to remove the trailer from the road. When Lambton OPP called the towing company, the Dawn-Euphemia public works superintendent gave assurances the tow company would be paid.

The towing company attempted to get paid by insurance but was unsuccessful, so the invoice was submitted to the municipality.

Council voted to pay the invoice and then collect the money from the trailer operator of the trailer who is a Dawn-Euphemia resident.

“I don’t like that the municipality is being a collector,” said Councillor Paul LeBoeuf.

If the amount is not paid, the municipality plans put the amount on the person’s property taxes.

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