"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Rationale

Grace Marsh is eminently well suited to fill the vacant seat on Council we are required to fill .

Apparently sixteen candidates  are certified.

One seat to fill.

One significant decision to make before the end of the term.

Like all others,the decision we make is on behalf of the electorate.

It's not hard. The question I ask? If this were a general election what would be the likely outcome.

Based on known facts, Grace and Bob would both be chosen.

A person is elected based on  a sufficient number of votes. More votes don't make a person more elected.

Major difference between Bob and Grace? Grace is currently Vice-Chair of the Committee of Adjustment. It is a statutory committee. Quasi-judicial. Functions at arm's length from Council.
Has independent authority .

If Grace is appointed to the vacant council seat, a vacancy is created on the Committee of  Adjustment which must be filled.

The  job requires experience. Grace's experience would be missed.

The committee meets when applications  are to be decided. .They do not break for summer recess or municipal elections. I believe they serve two terms or until they are replaced.

Committee decisions are to grant or not to grant . A tie vote does neither.The committee,absent a member, could be non-functional.

That's. an injustice to someone who has paid a fee of $2,200. and waited weeks for a hearing.

If it's unavoidable ,it  can't be helped.

It is not unavoidable.

A person who wishes to respond to Chris Watts position on the vacant seat,
must do it on his terms,  on his blog.

This is not a broker blog.


Anonymous said...

Christopher has moved that stuff over onto his own Blog.

Anonymous said...

8:15 - the 1st
I am assuming your A/C has broken down but there is no need to have a hissy fit here.

Anonymous said...

I applaud Grash for resigning, just as other she was bullied by Morriss, and had the guts to stand up for herself. These days, councillors have hissy fits and stomp off out of meetings ..... that is where the disrespect should lie! And for the record it is for 2 bloody meetings people, its merely for process and nothing else.... perspective please ..... GO GRACE GO!!!!


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed it when the staff members walked out because they felt insulted.

Anonymous said...

Apparently there are up to 18 who have placed their names up for the job.
Have fun doing to math at 2 questions per councillor after 3 minutes of speech to be answered in about 1 minute.
And then there is a council meeting

Anonymous said...

I wonder if one of the service groups might consider selling refreshments in the parking lot during that lengthy meeting to hear all those potential candidates. It could really drag on. People will likely come & go & mingle around.