Clarke’s Beach not dysfunctional, say council members
The deputy mayor and councillors of the Clarke’s Beach town council wish to respond to the MacLean’s magazine article regarding the dysfunctional town/council of Clarkes Beach story. The story is alleged to have been written following an in camera meeting with the mayor, Betty Moore.
As an opening statement, we wish to apologize to our residents and our businesspeople for the alleged comments offered by the mayor. We wish to inform our residents that your town and its council are not dysfunctional. This is the opinion of one person.
How could the mayor say that this town and its council are dysfunctional when over the past two years we have: 1. built a new town garage; 2. acquired a town dump truck; 3. acquired a new backhoe; 4. built a new section on the new garage completed one year ago; 5. acquired its own garbage truck; 6. instituted its own snowclearing; 7. about to institute its own garbage collection; 8. set up its own website; 9. just recently received provincial government approval of $500,000 for a water and sewer;
10. and the town council just recently worked out an arrangement with three other towns to upgrade the war memorial.
We wish to point out that the mayor voted against some of the motions that saw the town acquire those 10 new initiatives.
We wish to state that as councillors, we will place our record of accomplishment with any other simi- lar sized town in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. We have and will continue to be good stewards and good managers.
Clarke’s Beach has the lowest mill rate, at 7.5, of any incorporated town in Conception Bay North.
We therefore ask the question: Would the provincial government provide in excess of $500,000 for a dysfunctional town/council? Would a dysfunctional town/council have acquired the listed 10 items and above all maintained a mill rate that is the envy of all towns in this province?
On Oct. 23, at the town hall, some 20 residents came together to form the first ever heritage society for the Town of Clarke’s Beach. Would this be possible in a dysfunctional town?
As town councillors, we wish to set the record straight with facts and not haresay-statements to our residents and everybody else that the Town of Clarke’s Beach is one of the best managed towns in the province, with great residents who love to call Clarke’s Beach “my hometown.”
Again, we wish to apologize to all our residents and businesspeople for the mayor’s comments and take pleasure in saying to all that Clarke’s Beach is not as was described by the mayor in her MacLean’s article.
It is also our intention to request that MacLean’s would publish our past three-year accomplishments to show the readers that the story provided to them was so very inaccurate.
Submitted by Deputy Mayor Kevin Hussey, and councillors Garry Bendell, Winston Vokey, Eldon Snow, David Moore Jr., and Roland Andrews.