Non-resident councillor should resign, citizen says
Moore says he’s not going anywhere
Forced to move
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.