Writer lambastes Carbonear’s handling of RCMP event
I was at the regular public council meeting Jan. 5. I haven’t seen (Carbonear town administrator) Cynthia Davis’ name on any election ballot since we came here in April 2009.
Deputy mayor Frank Butt asked about plans initially discussed last year to host the RCMP Musical Ride, which Carbonear and Harbour Grace is hosting in August. He asked when does the town have to confirm the booking, what’s the cost for taxpayers, what damages would happen to the field and where would the horses board. She said it was already voted on.
The deputy mayor and two councillors could not recall voting on it and thought it was only discussed at a council meeting, at which time Ms. Davis stated that it was at a committee meeting that took place in December. Frank Butt told her it did not happen. She continued arguing. Cathy Somers found documents proving there was no vote at the last meeting of this committee in October. I was disappointed that there was no motion that went to the floor and there was no further discussion about this matter other than it’s done.
I was approached by someone who said, “What did we do to the town of Carbonear for them to let two other developments go ahead on a road that’s not a throughway,” when it’s only a stone throw away from where we wanted to build. The way this sounded to me was they felt I must have done something wrong. I haven’t done anything to this town but fight for my rights and spoke my mind when I needed to.
I would never do what I saw at the council meeting. I believe that the councillors should never have backed down from Ms. Davis. They should have had a discussion, motion and a vote on this decision. We still don’t know the cost.
I saw in the newspaper and talked with the new business owners (“Business owners start petition against town,” Jan. 6). Is this good public relations for the town? The Stone Jug, there is a building beside it with asbestos in it. Why isn’t that removed? Is this really the way we want people to see our town?
What I need now is support from the people of Carbonear. We can do more as a group than I can alone. Remember, it’s the people of Carbonear that rule this town, not the council. They can be removed, that’s how it works in our democratic society. It has been done before in Newfoundland and can be done again. — Debra Bradbury writes from