Potty pol­i­tics

CAO apol­o­gizes for com­ments re­gard­ing town’s pub­lic wash­rooms

Journal Pioneer - - NEWS - BY KATIE SMITH

The Town of North Rus­tico is apol­o­giz­ing to lo­cal deep sea fish­ing busi­nesses af­ter blam­ing them for the state of the town’s pub­lic wash­rooms. In Au­gust, the town re­ceived an email from res­i­dents stat­ing the pub­lic wash­rooms were un­clean. In a Sept. 4 emailed re­sponse to the com­plainant, town CAO Patsy Ga­mauf said the con­di­tion of the wash­rooms has been an is­sue both this sum­mer and last but said the town didn’t have the re­sources to have some­one “just on wash­room clean­ing duty”. Ga­mauf then said one wash­room, in par­tic­u­lar, was “used mostly by the peo­ple who go out on the deep sea fish­ing boats” and that some of the peo­ple “come in from the boats and clean their fish in our wash­rooms”. She added it “was time” for the busi­nesses to have their own wash­room fa­cil­i­ties. When The Guardian con­tacted the town on Sept. 11 about the let­ter, Ga­mauf said, “I re­ally don’t have any comment at this time” be­fore hang­ing up. The Guardian then con­tacted town Mayor Anne Kirk who didn’t have any­thing to add to her CAO’s re­marks. “We’re in the mid­dle of re­view­ing things,” she said. “We re­ally can’t go into any­thing un­til we, our­selves, sort of look at this is­sue and see what’s go­ing on and how things got to where they are.” A few hours later, the town tweeted out the let­ter of apol­ogy that was sent to the North Rus­tico Har­bour Au­thor­ity and to about a half dozen deep sea fish­ing busi­nesses in the area. In the let­ter, Ga­mauf said she was “out of line” sug­gest­ing the busi­nesses have their own fa­cil­i­ties, adding it was nei­ther her nor the town’s place to of­fer such ad­vice. “I am sorry that I put the blame on the pa­trons of our deep sea fish­ing busi­nesses and I was wrong to as­sume they were the re­sult of the un­clean­li­ness of our pub­lic wash­rooms.” The let­ter con­tin­ues to say that town staff and coun­cil will take the win­ter to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem and hope to have a “good work­ing re­la­tion­ship” with its busi­nesses and res­i­dents.

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Ann Kirk.

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