Citizen wants transparency
Asa citizen mindful of my civic duties, I make an effort to attend all council meetings. I personally find the attitude of our elected officials disturbing. While a number of citizens keep asking our council to be transparent our pleas continue to be ignored. A case in point is the last council meeting of March 15th. Apparently, notice was given to the population approximately one hour before said meeting and this notice was published on the town’s web page. According to La Loi des Cités et Ville, councillors must receive 24 hours notice before the time of such meetings. Furthermore, does the council actually believe that all citizens have access to the internet, and that furthermore, they check this web page on an hourly basis? The summary published on Monday stated that the meeting of March 15th was an ordinary meeting. Excuse me? The dates of “ordinary” meetings was published in this Journal on January 11th, 2012 and March 15th is not included on that list. Since this was clearly an extraordinary” meeting, the mention that it was held at the usual time (again, the usual time for ordinary meetings is 7pm and not 6:30 pm. Since said meeting lasted all of 3 minutes (!) and concerned the hiring of a city inspector, why all the secrecy? The mention that there were 0 people in attendance should surprise no one, since no one knew about it. There is also no mention of when our new building inspector will be starting, nor do we know the conditions of the employment agreement. This is our tax dollars at work. When council acts surprised at its citizens outrage, maybe they should ask
Thisthemselves why they persist in their need to be secretive. What is there to hide? As a concerned citizen, I continue to feel a certain disdain on the part of the council versus the population that elected them. If you cannot remember to be courteous to us, we will be sure to remember that when the next election comes around.
dam built by beavers on Vivian road in Stanstead East seems to have been much quicker and easier to plan, get supplies for and build than our crews working on finishing the bridges we have. Maybe we should leave it up to the beavers to make our bridges.