The Town of North Rustico is apologizing to local deep sea fishing businesses after blaming them for the state of the townâ€™s public washrooms.
In August, the town received an email from residents stating the public washrooms were unclean.
In a Sept. 4 emailed response to the complainant, town CAO Patsy Gamauf said the condition of the washrooms has been an issue both this summer and last but said the town didnâ€™t have the resources to have someone â€śjust on washroom cleaning dutyâ€ť.
Gamauf then said one washroom, in particular, was â€śused mostly by the people who go out on the deep sea fishing boatsâ€ť and that some of the people â€ścome in from the boats and clean their fish in our washroomsâ€ť. She added it â€śwas timeâ€ť for the businesses to have their own washroom facilities.
When The Guardian contacted the town on Sept. 11 about the letter, Gamauf said, â€śI really donâ€™t have any comment at this timeâ€ť before hanging up.
The Guardian then contacted town Mayor Anne Kirk who didnâ€™t have anything to add to her CAOâ€™s remarks.
â€śWeâ€™re in the middle of reviewing things,â€ť she said. â€śWe really canâ€™t go into anything until we, ourselves, sort of look at this issue and see whatâ€™s going on and how things got to where they are.â€ť
A few hours later, the town tweeted out the letter of apology that was sent to the North Rustico Harbour Authority and to about a half dozen deep sea fishing businesses in the area.
In the letter, Gamauf said she was â€śout of lineâ€ť suggesting the businesses have their own facilities, adding it was neither her nor the townâ€™s place to offer such advice.
â€śI am sorry that I put the blame on the patrons of our deep sea fishing businesses and I was wrong to assume they were the result of the uncleanliness of our public washrooms.â€ť
The letter continues to say that town staff and council will take the winter to find a solution to the problem and hope to have a â€śgood working relationshipâ€ť with its businesses and residents.