MHA addresses spat with mayor
Adams’ speech ‘appalled and embarrassed’ Littlejohn
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.