Coun­cil­lor Re­jects Arena Deal – Faces Sanc­tions

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

Stanstead­Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil­lor, Wayne Stratton, was de­clared by many as the evening’s hero at Mon­day night’s Town Coun­cil meet­ing. To the sur­prise of those in at­ten­dance, the town not only passed their bud­get, but also pushed through a mu­nic­i­pal do­na­tion to­talling $25,000 to be paid out over five years for the ben­e­fit of the Pat Burns Arena. The com­mon com­plaint voiced was dis­sat­is­fac­tion with coun­cil’s lack of trans­parency when putting to­gether the deal. It was es­sen­tially kept se­cret from the pub­lic un­til coun­cil mem­bers had pri­vately come to an agree­ment on the de­tails. The pub­lic was made aware at Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing when the coun­cil voted and passed the res­o­lu­tion. The vote was unan­i­mous ex­cept for the sole vote of Stratton and there was ef­fec­tively no pub­lic dis­cus­sion

Cit­ing dif­fi­cul­ties with the coun­cil’s lack of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and bro­ken prom­ise not to use a penny of tax pay­ers’ money to fund the Arena, Stratton said he could not vote for the deal in good con­science. De­spite hav­ing sound rea­sons for his de­clin­ing the deal, some coun­cil mem­bers re­acted de­fen­sively to his state­ments, ask­ing him to fur­ther jus­tify his de­ci­sion to ac­cept the bud­get while re­ject­ing the do­na­tion that was al­ready in­cor­po­rated into the bud­get. He was asked to de­fend his rea­sons sev­eral times to a few of his fel­low coun­cil­lors. In what ap­peared to be a pre-planned move on the part of the Mayor, Du­til was wait­ing to ask Stratton ques­tions re­gard­ing his hav­ing dis­cussed the deal with a party out­side coun­cil prior to the pub­lic meet­ing an­nounc­ing the deal. When Stratton ad­mit­ted he had in fact dis­cussed the deal with a mem­ber of a hockey or­ga­ni­za­tion, Du­til quickly asked the Town Clerk to doc­u­ment for the record Stratton’s ad­mis­sion and then an­nounced Stratton would be fac­ing sanc­tions for breach of con­fi­den­tial­ity.

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