Non-res­i­dent councillor should re­sign, cit­i­zen says

Moore says he’s not go­ing any­where

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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A mem­ber of the Clarke’s Beach town coun­cil who has been liv­ing in Spa­niard’s Bay since last spring should re­sign his seat, says for­mer councillor Frank Evely Sr.

“ This is long enough,” Evely told The Com­pass last week.

“ We can’t have some­one liv­ing out­side our com­mu­nity mak­ing de­ci­sions for us.”

But the councillor in­volved, David Moore, said Evely’s crit­i­cism is sim­ply his lat­est at­tempt to re­gain his seat on coun­cil.

“ He ran for mayor last year and got de­feated by a land­slide. Now he’s try­ing to get me off, and him­self back on,” Moore re­sponded. Coun. Moore is a life-long res­i­dent of Clarke’s Beach. But the house he was rent­ing was sold in May, forc­ing him and his young fam­ily to find other ac­com­mo­da­tions.

He said the only suit­able place was in Spa­niard’s Bay, but he said that’s only tem­po­rary.

“ I’ll be back in Clarke’s Beach as soon as I can,” Coun. Moore stated.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act, a councillor’s seat be­comes va­cant when “ he or she stops be­ing or­di­nar­ily res­i­dent in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity;” or “ he or she has been ab­sent from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for more than one year.”

Town of­fi­cials checked with Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs, and dis­cov­ered that since Moore has ev­ery in­ten­tion of re­turn­ing to Clarke’s Beach, his seat is safe.

But Mayor Betty Moore said coun­cil will have to take a se­ri­ous look at the is­sue if Moore’s ab­sence stretches be­yond one year.

“ He feels con­fi­dent that maybe even within the im­me­di­ate fu­ture, he will se­cure an­other home in Clarke’s Beach,” Mayor Moore stated.

The mayor said Coun. Moore is “ very ac­tive” on coun­cil and con­trib­utes a great deal of time to the po­si­tion.

Mayor Moore en­cour­aged Clarke’s Beach res­i­dents to lend a hand.

“ Let’s help him out. Let’s not drive him away,” she said.

Coun. Moore de­scribed Evely’s com­ments as more ev­i­dence of the “crap” that goes on in Clarke’s Beach.

He said “ three, and some­times four” mem­bers of coun­cil would very much like to have his seat va­cated be­cause “ I am not a yes man.”

He would not iden­tify those coun­cil­lors, but said they are the same ones who show a high level of dis­re­spect for the mayor.

“ I’m a thorn in their sides. I was put in by the res­i­dents to do what I think is right. If it means say­ing no and caus­ing a con­tro­versy with other coun­cil­lors ...”

Coun. Moore said he works up­wards of 65 hours each week, yet still finds time for coun­cil and com­mit­tee meet­ings.

He’s also chair of the Con­cep­tion Bay North joint coun­cil, and is a mem­ber of the Bay de Grave vol­un­teer fire depart­ment.

“ If they were any kind of men, they’d try help­ing me find a place back in Clarke’s Beach,” Coun. Moore added.

He said there needs to be more em­pha­sis on co-op­er­a­tion among coun­cil­lors, since some “don’t have the best in­ter­est of the town at heart.”

Evely de­nied be­ing in­ter­ested in Moore’s seat on coun­cil.

“ I never again plan to run for coun­cil. I served my 25 years,” said Evely.

Coun. Moore stressed that he’s not go­ing any­where.

“ I’m here for the long haul. I will def­i­nitely seek re-elec­tion again,” he said.

For­mer councillor Frank Evely Sr.

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