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Letter from the EPC Chair – September

Fellow Equestrians:
 
The Village of Wellington is implementing a new format to assist in disseminating information to the equestrian community.  Hopefully you have all had a successful summer, whether you were showing, giving your horse some well-deserved rest, or just enjoying a relaxing trail ride or two.  I will be sending out a monthly letter giving you upcoming highlights of issues being addressed by the EPC and updates on the progress of our Equestrian Master Plan.
 
The Equestrian Master Plan will work most effectively if your voice is heard.  I understand how difficult it is to attend meetings with the busy lifestyle that horses create.  To that end, the Village of Wellington is working on updating the website to make it more interactive.  The Village will have surveys available and comments available so that you may get your voice heard at a minimum of inconvenience to you.  The EPC meeting on September 18th is tentatively scheduled to present these changes and get suggestions on what types of questions are needed in the surveys.  That meeting can be attended in person or watched live either thru Comcast at channel 18 or online via the following link: http://wellington.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=2.
 
Additionally, our September 10th meeting will include a discussion/motion on Special Use Permits.  As a committee, with Village support, we are attempting to make the process of obtaining permission to have the occasional show or clinic much less of a burden on equestrians.  That will be followed by a discussion of what “rural” means in Wellington's Equestrian Preserve Area.
 
Our meetings usually start at 6:15 in the evening, though that can vary slightly.  Upcoming meeting schedules can be found here: https://wellington.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx, along with agenda items and background data as the meetings are scheduled. Archives of past meetings are also at this location.  Attendance at the meetings is open to everyone, Wellington resident or not.  Comments can be made at most of the meetings (workshops not included) on issues you feel are important, even if those issues are not on our agenda for that evening.  The comments can be made in person or by filling out a comment card on the night of the meeting.  In the near future, comments should be able to be done online as well.  I cannot stress enough the importance of making your voice heard.  
 
Looking forward to sharing upcoming items with you in this new format as the Village moves forward.  Until then, enjoy the ride, have fun, and be safe as you take advantage of all that Wellington has to offer our world-class equestrian community. Remember to give your input to help guide our community as it continues to evolve. 
 
Linda Elie