This several million dollar lawsuit against the city of Markham over a sculpture of a cow on stilts is the definition of unusual. The sculpture in question is named Charity, and belongs to Romandale Farms Ltd. Charity is 25 feet (7.6 metres) tall, and is made entirely of stainless steel. Romandale Farms filed the lawsuit after the City of Markham made the decision to move Charity out of her rightful home on Charity Crescent.
Charity has attracted hundreds of art lovers and curious visitors over the last few months. But, nearby residents were furious about the statue being so close to their home, and not being informed of Charity's arrival to their neighbourhood.
The city was then forced to make a decision about moving the statue elsewhere. The plan was for the city to take ownership of the statue, so that they could have full control. But, Romandale Farms isn't letting go without a fight.
Charity the cow was supposed to be moooved from its Markham homestead, but instead the statue is being set into stone. https://t.co/nuS1ACh07s— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) December 4, 2017
It was released today that Romandale is giving the City of Markham three options. One, the city pays them $4 million in property damages. Two, the city pays the full cost to remove Charity and return her to the original owner, Helen Roman-Barber. Or finally, leave Charity where she is.
This puts the City of Markham in a pretty uncomfortable position. Nearby residents are becoming angrier by the day, and the issue has been ongoing for almost a year. They may have to fork over the money to keep the situation from escalating.
Danny Da Silva, one of the residents fighting to get Charity out of the neighbourhood, says the process has been "frustratingly slow," and Charity's presence is something he'll never be able to warm up to. “Most people will get used to any kind of torture over time,” he said, “it’s just driving me crazy.”
Source: The Star