Writer lam­bastes Car­bon­ear’s han­dling of RCMP event

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

Car­bon­ear

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