"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

Wednesday 18 June 2014

The Decision Is Ours To Make

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "You Need to Know":

I can think of 2 excellent possibilities but am reluctant to land anyone in a mess. One of mine is, I believe, free except for some tutoring work, the other is in & out of the town hall regularly.

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 18 June 2014 17:11


Council is planning to do the following:

Invite  people to submit their names  Schedule a meeting  to allow candidates to make speeches
to Council about why they should be chosen.

Like an all candidates meeting. Except  Council will choose one and all the rest can wonder why they put  themselves through all of that.

The person chosen might wonder as well.

We have until August 23 to make the decisions. It could take that long.

Registration for election closes on September 12th
Council  is  then officially a lame  duck council. Everybody is a candidate.

We could decide now to offer the vacancy to an individual.

We all know people  ,who could  take the seat without missing a beat.

Staff would not be using the time left for this council  to  get some things finished.

There is no authority to require a commitment not to be a candidate in the upcoming election.

Whoever we chose could have an advantage over  other candidates  including incumbents.

Regulations require we fill the seat by appointment. There is no option.

I say we should do it with  least expense and hurlyburly and make the best use of the time we have left.


Anonymous said...

Ain't going to happen. It is the circus that is provided to placate the citizens.

Anonymous said...

I do not not like to be obtuse but would it not have made sense to prepare a list of individuals in order of preference in the closed session and then approached them one by one privately without the publicity which could turn sour ?

Anonymous said...

Ahh...Why does the Town have to fill the seat for 4 months? The appointment in Richmond Hill was so staged. It was so obvious that the appointee was the mayors and his peeps friend. So undemocratic, waste of time and money. Have we not learned anything from the last appointment this Town had?

Anonymous said...

Since the law says it must be done, dragging it out to August makes no sense to me. Staff said in the report they could get it done for July, there was no good reason for committee to move it out. The process of applications seems fair, but a shorter time frame is needed. Evelyn, can you amend the motion next week to move it back to July?

Anonymous said...

The Mayor of London - former- has cancelled his press conference & used a press release to announce he will not longer be seeking public office.