Last week a post on the Aurora Citizen from the lawn bowling club was inviting new members.
A few years ago, when the club asked the town to take over maintenance of the green, membership was twenty-nine. The request was made by reason of advancing age of members.
It was then I was informed no fees are paid to the town because the town had heretofore, incurred no costs.
Last week, the post in the Citizen offered the facilities for 'private events" with a "price to be arranged"
I am familiar with the agreement with the men's soccer league for the field at the south end of town.
They pay one dollar a year.They cannot, in theory, sub-lease town property to derive revenue. .
There's a story there too .
The bowling club invitation poster was offended by my reference to the post in a Council meeting. While acknowledging words about "private events" and "prices to be arranged" were misleading, the club does pay an annual fee to the town .How much was not disclosed.
No matter, staff will report .The question will be clarified.
But a gleeful fury erupted over at the Citizen Post of how frequently I am wrong and have trouble grasping things, It is not subtle.
This post makes a different point .
Mine is a different perspective than others of a Councillor's responsibility.
I do not speak for myself alone. However many people marked a cross against my name in the last election, delegated their authority to me to mind their interest in the town's business affairs.
The town's business is financial, use of public resources, care and maintenance of assets, impact on the taxes people pay.
Bottom line; my job is to do my part to ensure business is conducted on a fair and equitable basis. Primarily, fairly and equitably to the people who pay the bills and who use town facilities.
I make no apology. I do not seek permission. I am subject to no authority in pursuit of my obligation and accountability.
I accord the same to other Councillors.
Yet, we do not all have the same perception.
Councillor Gaertner, for example, frequently states it is Council's role to give people what they want. In practice, it means, whatever unreasonable demands made are to be accommodated.
Councillor Gaertner practices what she preaches.
Other members have different ideas.
I would not presume to change an understanding of why each was successful in the last election.
I can only be true to the commitment I made. Whether people are watching me or when they are not.