Chair rotation idea rejected
CAMBRIDGE Councillor Rod Bradley’s request for a system that would rotate the chairman of committees role regularly was rejected at last week’s meeting.
The proposed system would ensure that councillors from Coast Ward and Wembley Ward had equal turns chairing committees.
Cr Bradley said the submission followed concerns of “perceived bias” expressed by ratepayers on several occasions.
“This question of us being one big happy family is just not truth- ful and ratepayers feel disenfranchised because we only have Wembley Ward people sitting as chairman on committees,” he said.
“There is definitely an imbalance and now we are stuck with the problem.
“Hopefully through amalgamation and new elections, it will be resolved.”
Cr Alan Langer, from Wembley Ward, is the chairman of the community resource committee and fellow Wembley Ward Cr Tracey King chairs the development committee. Cr Langer said the idea that councillors were biased was rubbish and he found it demeaning that the issue had been brought up.
“My simple thoughts are that if you are a councillor for the Town of Cambridge, you act in the best interest of the Town of Cambridge regardless of where you live,” he said.
Under previous mayors, the chairman of each committee was re-elected every six months and each time the new chairman was from the alternate ward.
Currently, committee members elect a presiding member among themselves and re-election occurs annually.