Mayor mis­quoted

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIL­LIAN SIM­MONS

In last week’s is­sue we printed a story about Bay Roberts Town coun­cil­lors spar­ring over travel bud­gets at their reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, March 10.

In par­tic­u­lar, Coun­cil­lors Bill Sey­mour and Ger­ald Green­land were ques­tion­ing why Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh got cho­sen to at­tend FCM ( Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties) con­ven­tions on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions dur­ing this coun­cil’s term.

Both coun­cil­lors had had their names cho­sen ( out of a hat) to go but Sey­mour couldn’t due to ill­ness and Green­land wasn’t able to at­tend due to work and hol­i­day com­mit­ments.

In­ad­ver­tent omis­sion

An in­ad­ver­tent omis­sion in the copy leaves the im­pres­sion that Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john is be­ing mis­quoted. The omis­sion leaves the im­pres­sion that Mayor Lit­tle­john is mak­ing state­ments that should have been at­trib­uted to Deputy Mayor Walsh.

In fact it was Deputy Mayor Walsh, not Mayor Lit­tle­john who ac­tu­ally stated: “ When we did up a bud­get for FCM ( Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties travel), it was that it would be two coun­cil­lors per term.

“I know Coun. Green­land had work com­mit­ments and Coun. Sey­mour was sick. It was un­for­tu­nate that I went in Coun. Sey­mour’s place, but it was still in the bud­get,” the deputy mayor said.

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