Carbonear council responds to spending allegations
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
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?