MHA ad­dresses spat with mayor

Adams’ speech ‘ap­palled and em­bar­rassed’ Lit­tle­john

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

It was in the in­ter­est of fair­ness that Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john wrote a let­ter to the Town of Up­per Is­land Cove last month.

Giv­ing a speech at the town’s an­nual se­nior’s ban­quet on Nov. 30, Mayor George Adams took the time to voice his dis­plea­sure about Is­land Cove’s share of the 2014 cap­i­tal works bud­get. Premier Paul Davis and Lit­tle­john were both at the ban­quet.

In a meet­ing with this pub­li­ca­tion on Jan. 12, Lit­tle­john stated his rea­sons for writ­ing the let­ter were sim­ple. He wanted to “tell the whole story” as it per­tains to Up­per Is­land Cove and cap­i­tal works fund­ing.

“I un­der­stand that you are dis­ap­pointed,” said Lit­tle­john. “You can be dis­ap­pointed, but be fair.”

Adams pre­vi­ously told The Com­pass he was dis­ap­pointed that his town had orig­i­nally re­ceived $35,000 in fund­ing last year. How­ever after a meet­ing with then min­is­ter Steve Kent, Up­per Is­land Cove re­ceived an ad­di­tional $90,000 that was ear­marked for paving.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed, but I’m look­ing for­ward to 2015,” Adams said.

In his let­ter to the town, which The Com­pass has ob­tained a copy of, the MHA states that since he was elected in 2011, Up­per Is­land Cove has re­ceived fund­ing each year to­talling some $1.6 mil­lion. This is in ad­di­tion to fund­ing for the mould­ing and re­turn of fos­sils, $35,000 emer­gency fund­ing to ad­dress the wa­ter booster sta­tion and money al­lo­cated for the town’s recre­ation cen­tre.

“To say I was ap­palled and em­bar­rassed by the com­ments di­rected at me by Mayor Adams dur­ing a greet­ing to se­niors is an un­der­state­ment,” Lit­tle­john wrote in the let­ter, which was tabled at the Dec. 15 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing for Up­per Is­land Cove. “Be­ing a for­mer mayor (of the Town of Bay Roberts) I have had many deal­ings with MHAs, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and other ex­ec­u­tives. We have had dif­fer­ences and vary­ing opin­ions at times but I have never nor would I em­bar­rass or de­grade any­one in a pub­lic set­ting like I was de­graded this par­tic­u­lar evening.”

Futher­more, Lit­tle­john re­quested that an ac­count of the fund­ing re­ceived by Up­per Is­land Cove be shared in a pub­licly with res­i­dents.

“I just want to get all of the in­for­ma­tion out there,” he said.

An ac­count of this na­ture ap­peared in the mayor’s De­cem­ber news­let­ter. In it, Adams gave a full ac­count of the 2014 fund­ing and com­mended Lit­tle­john for the work he has done in the dis­trict the last three years.

“I wish to em­phat­i­cally state that the 2014 mu­nic­i­pal cap­i­tal works fund­ing does not in any way neg­a­tively re­flect on the in­tegrity of MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john,” wrote Adams. “I have known Glenn for many years, both in his pre­vi­ous role as for­mer mayor of Bay Roberts and as cur­rent MHA and I can hon­estly say that he is a con­sci­en­tious gen­tle­man who works dili­gently on be­half of his con­stituents.”

The plan now is to move for­ward with eyes to­wards 2015, ac­cord­ing to the MHA.

“Now, we move on, work and get it done,” he said.

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