The people of Harbour Grace deserve something
Last week the province was treated to a smorgasbord of high profile news.
Treated might not be the right word for some of that news, but let’s use it anyway.
First, it was announced the St. John’s IceCaps are likely destined for the hockey hotbed of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
That was followed shortly by news that caught everyone off guard, except for maybe those few in the know.
This was the resignation of Kathy Dunderdale as the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and the leader of the Progressive Conservatives. It was quickly followed by the announcement of former Finance Minister Tom Marshall as the interim premier.
It was followed by the Auditor General’s Report. To say the least, it was a busy week in news.
After the past couple of days it seems like Conception Bay North told the rest of the province, “don’t worry boys, we’ll cover the rest of it.”
That’s when it came to light that the new facilities manager at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace and the new chief administrative officer had tendered their resignations, and at the same time no less.
In short order, Harbour Grace had lost two high profile, and very important, officials.
For outsiders, it just looks like Harbour Grace doing what Harbour Grace does best — dysfunction. But, look closer. The moves appear to have genuinely stunned elected officials in the community.
Stunned to the point where no one in a position of authority is talking.
Why isn’t anyone talking? The Compass told its readers it would provide more information as it became available, but there has been very little.
To be fair, there have been brief overtures saying one side or the other are getting their thoughts together, which is fine. But, there needs to be something, anything.
The town is in disarray. The stadium is captain-less and the former town manager has retired. It’s safe to call it a staffing crisis. So, where are the town’s elected officials? In something such as this, not offering any explanation, even a partial one, does nothing to help the situation, or inspire confidence among citizens.
The longer they wait, the fishier it looks. As sad as it is to say, it’s true. Nothing good comes of waiting. It forces the public to cast a suspicious eye over the situation, which helps no one.
Imagine if Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood had hid in a bunker after it was discovered his town had paid for a parcel of land twice? He could have lost the election, with voters questioning his leadership abilities in a time of uncertainty.
But, he didn’t. Wood got out in front of the situation and laid everything out. It’s the template that should be followed here. It is possible to see why those who resigned have yet to broach the subject publicly. Perhaps they are still stung by the decision they made. And, that is fine. After all, they are private citizens.
Having to resign from a new job is tough. In the conversations had with both individuals, it appeared both were enthusiastic to implement their ideas. It’s a shame to see them go, it really is. Maybe, by the time this is read, both sides will have cleared the air. We’ll see. Either way, the residents of the community deserve something.