Dis­jointed coun­cils?

Poor at­ten­dance once again de­lays AGM for re­gional body


The Con­cep­tion Bay North Joint Coun­cils As­so­ci­a­tion has once again failed to stage an an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, with less than the re­quired num­ber of mem­bers in at­ten­dance at a meet­ing in Car­bon­ear on Feb. 3 to con­sti­tute a quorum.

It’s the third time the as­so­ci­a­tion has at­tempted to hold its AGM, said as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man and Clarke’s Beach town councillor David Moore Jr.

De­spite the poor at­ten­dance, Moore said the con­cept of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion is alive and well in the area from Salmon Cove to Bri­gus.

“It’s work­ing very well,” Moore said fol­low­ing the meet­ing that wasn’t on Thurs­day night.

The host mayor, Sam Slade, expressed dis­ap­point­ment that a quorum wasn’t reached. He said there were sev­eral im­por­tant is­sues he was pre­par­ing to put for­ward.

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion has demon­strated its mer­its on many oc­ca­sions over the years, and said it’s im­por­tant that the re­gion re­main united.

“ To­gether, we’re a strong group,” he said. “But we’re not go­ing nowhere if we stand alone.”

There were less than 10 elected mem­bers of coun­cil at the Car­bon­ear coun­cil cham­ber, rep­re­sent­ing the com­mu­ni­ties of Car­bon­ear, Vic­to­ria, Spa­niard’s Bay,Up­per Is­land Cove,Bay Roberts and Clarke’s Beach.

Moore said it’s been dif­fi­cult to stage meet­ings dur­ing the win­ter months.

The as­so­ci­a­tion will try for a fourth time to hold an AGM on Feb. 24 in Vic­to­ria. Moore urged all towns in the re­gion to send a rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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