"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

Monday 12 January 2015

Still on Conduct

Theere was no precedent .

There was a really sweet deal.

St Andrew!s  promised the Development Charge would be paid if and when the property changed hands. I doubt that means a lien in the town's favour registered  against the property.

Itbreally was an insult to intelligence.

Not sure if it was another one if those eight to one votes but I certainly  did oppose it.I also I believe it more than likely St Andrew's was invited to make the request.

No matter. It was Council that made the decision.

No  staff report advising yea or nay.,

Development Charges are adopted by Bylaw to ensure equal  and legal application.

Another example of  preferential treatment .l can't say if anyone from Dt Andrew's ever bought a foursome to the Mayor's Golf Tournament.

Legislation governing  municipal tender awards is extremely precise. Companies pay a signifying fee to pick up tender documents.

Contracts frequently have a clause that allows for extension It's not really possible to determine e if the town's interest is bests served by  the extension.

It saves work and expense of advertising .

The Municipal Act requires recruitment for  Director positions. The town does not always abide by
Provincial law either.

East Gwillimbury rescinded their Code of Conduct in October 2011.

A complaint was filed against the Mayor and a Councilor  by the CAO. The Mayor had disrespected  the authority of the CAO

The two members were advised not to attend meetings by George Rust D'Eye appointed Integrity Commissioner by Council.,Mr Rust  D'Eye claims municipal expertise.

The Mayor and Councillor were  also advised by the Integrity Commissioner to retain legal counsel

Which they did.

At their own expense.

East Gwillimbury  has a five member council.  The number was reduced to three.

Not the number elected to deal with the town's business.

The  community had a strong negative reaction to the circumstance.

The remaining three reversed the decision recommended  by the expert  and rescinded the Code of Conduct Bylaw there and then.

And that was that.

But Mayor James Young did not run for  the office again.


Anonymous said...

I remember that. People were really upset at the mayor and councillor for cutting down some trees. I couldn't stop laughing.

Anonymous said...

A bit tangential
There was a 4 month period in the Bradford area during which no building permits were given - due to the lack of water services.

Anonymous said...

18:40- I have a family member who lives in Bradford. Who told me about the hold on the permits as well, but it didn't have anything to do with water shortage. It was because they have been handing out so many they couldn't keep up with all the inspections.

Anonymous said...

That is not what they have told the builders demanding permits & being rejected......

Anonymous said...

Leslie Robert at Global is discovering transparency.

Anonymous said...

Bill#8 just passed. Sit back and bring out the popcorn.

Anonymous said...

"Theere was no precedent "

Maybe not in Aurora, but I know of two instances in Newmarket where DCs were waived.

Anonymous said...

10:47 - And Newmarket is in debt!