"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

Friday, 3 February 2017


Question of the week? Termination of the town's second highest paid director last week. 

There will likely be no explanation. 

Whatever .....Council, particularly the Mayor, is responsible. 

The Mayor is C.E.O...responsible for oversight of the whole shebang and compensated accordingly. 

The termination  provides opportunity to examine how oversight  happens...or not. 

The outgoing director has been employed nine years...since early in the Mormac regime.

The vacancy was  first of a succession.

The new director had never supervised  a public works department. One of many following re-organisations assigned additional responsibilities for which he held no credentials. 

Indeed,qualifications were sparse. Immediate previous employment was with the regional waterworks. During the last term of Council, remuneration for the position increased to close to $200,000.
At the time, as a councillor, I was never assured the town would be served according to reasonable expectations.

Councillor Abel can be quoted that responsibility of staff is to ensure council's re-election.
He is not alone. He is not entirely wrong. 

A council does get credit for an efficiently run municipality.

 But that was not his intent. 

So ...it's taken a while but we have arrived. 

We will not be formally informed of the reason for termination. 
The story may never be told. 
Yet nothing prevents speculation. 
It's our only option. 

What do we know of potential for council embarrassment?

We know something . It's  not secret. It's been pending since prior to the last election. 

The joint facility.

Remember ! ! ! estimates escalated ...non-essential appointment to council to ensure a winning vote for the project.

No expense spared...
Green roof ...Gold standard.

The  building has been occupied for months. 

No formal opening. No public invitation to view the final product. 

An opening calls for a  final report. 

No opening. 

No report. 

No wonder.

It seems the finished product is unfinished though all the money is gone. 

No green roof. No floor in the greenhouse. Who knows what else is missing ?

The Mayor, chair of the financial oversight committee. 

More money  is needed  for completion. 

How does that get explained away ? 

How did that contract get awarded?

How does it get finalized?

Mayor Dawe is in charge .

Come clean Mr. Mayor. 


Anonymous said...

"No public invitation to view the final product."

You are providing "alternative facts." The Town's noticeboard in the paper advertised tours for the public.

Anonymous said...

I saw the notice on Facebook. 4 tours ranging from January to October. All weekday tours touring the day! How convenient! I guess you can call it a public invitation for those who don't work. For those who do...it's no invitation.