Carbonear coun­cil re­sponds to spending al­le­ga­tions

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The Carbonear town coun­cil last week re­sponded to a let­ter to the ed­i­tor from a con­cerned ci­ti­zen who has al­leged coun­cil poured thou­sands of dol­lars of tax­pay­ers’ money into staff bar­be­cues, Christ­mas par­ties and so­cials for mem­bers of coun­cil and staff, who are al­ready earn­ing “hefty salaries”.

Ross Ry­der listed some of the items on which tax money was spent, and ex­pressed his con­cerns about such spending in a lengthy and detailed let­ter, which ap­peared in the June 23

Com­pass.

Af­ter the pa­per sold out within hours of hit­ting the news­stands around Carbonear last Mon­day, Mayor Sam Slade de­clined me­dia re­quests to re­spond to the al­le­ga­tions on air and on cam­era.

In­stead the mayor opted to is­sue a pre­pared state­ment which he read at the end of the June 23 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, with The Com­pass the only me­dia out­let which reg­u­larly cov­ers coun­cil meet­ings, present.

Slade said he wanted to,“ put a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the ar­ti­cle ( let­ter).”

Last year (2008) the mayor pointed out coun­cil spent ap­prox­i­mately $125 per staff per­son, “on rec­og­niz­ing and show­ing our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our hu­man re­sources through­out the year.”

Com­pass file photo by Bill Bow­man RUF­FLED FEATHERS - Hav­ing just gulled down some leftover chicken from Sammy’s Look­out (unof­fi­cially named af­ter the mayor who put it there) a seag­ull soars high over Carbonear, its feathers un­ruf­fled by con­tro­ver­sies brew­ing be­low. In the au­gust halls of church and state, a few of­fi­cial feathers did get ruf­fled and a few ap­ple carts were cap­sized last week by a con­flu­ence of con­tro­ver­sies, which kept the Con­cep­tion Bay North town on the me­dia’s radar. An an­ti­quated ceme­tery plot rule did get dragged into the 21st cen­tury, and a con­cerned ci­ti­zen stirred the tran­quil wa­ters of Carbonear Pond with a let­ter to the ed­i­tor on ques­tion­able town coun­cil spending of tax­pay­ers’ money. Mean­while, a cou­ple who want to build a home in the town are locked in a bat­tle with coun­cil over their ap­pli­ca­tion for a build­ing per­mit, an is­sue, which is only start­ing to per­co­late. Stay tuned, do not ad­just your sets and get your favourite com­mu­nity news­pa­per, where you’ll find “all the news that’s fit to print.” Af­ter all, with a com­pass, how could you go astray?

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