Har­bour Grace scraps pri­vate coun­cil meet­ings

The Compass - - THE COMPASS SPORTS - BY MARK SQUIBB SPECIAL TO TC ME­DIA JUS­TICE ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Coun. Kathy Tet­ford in­tro­duced a mo­tion last week to dis­con­tinue the 90-minute, closed-door coun­cil meet­ing that pre­cedes ev­ery pub­lic coun­cil meet­ing, ar­gu­ing it would im­prove both the coun­cils’ ef­fi­ciency and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the pub­lic.

“I find that there are top­ics that are talked about in priv­i­lege that we feel are brought for­ward for the pub­lic, and then it’s not brought for­ward to pub­lic,” ex­plained Tet­ford.

“There’s cor­re­spon­dence that gets lost on the way­side, and things are all up in arms, and the staff don’t know where there to, and I’d like to make that mo­tion that we dis­con­tinue that prac­tice and all dis­cus­sions take place in a pub­lic fo­rum.”

The mo­tion was passed unan­i­mously.

Com­mit­tee con­tro­versy

A mo­tion passed at the Jan. 10 coun­cil meet­ing to form a new sta­dium com­mit­tee is con­tinu- ing to cause con­tro­versy.

The com­mit­tee, which was to con­sist of two coun­cil mem­bers and two com­mu­nity mem­bers, would work along­side staff at the Danny Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The cre­ation of this com­mit­tee would ren­der the cur­rent sta­dium com­mit­tee null and void, and Tet­ford con­tends this is unfair to the cur­rent com­mit­tee.

“It’s an aw­ful way for this coun­cil to treat vol­un­teers,” said Tet­ford dur­ing last Wed­nes­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

“I don’t like the way things were done at the last meet­ing... throw­ing out one com­mit­tee and set­ting up an­other... We’re show­ing a set of vol­un­teers the front door with­out prop­erly talk­ing with them or hav­ing a meet­ing, or let­ting them know our plans have changed ... I just think it’s dis­grace­ful... and I just hope that those who are in­volved know that I’m not a part of it.”

Tet­ford had voted against form­ing the com­mit­tee at the Jan. 10 meet­ing.

“I re­al­ized when I made the mo­tion, that the other (com­mit­tee) had to go,” replied Coun. Gor­don Stone.

Coun. Stone sug­gested it would be ap­pro­pri­ate to write thank you notes to mem­bers of the cur­rent com­mit­tee, which will be dis­con­tin­ued when the new com­mit­tee comes into ef­fect.

There’s cor­re­spon­dence that gets lost on the way­side, and things are all up in arms, and the staff don’t know where there to, and I’d like to make that mo­tion that we dis­con­tinue that prac­tice and all dis­cus­sions take place in a pub­lic fo­rum. — Coun. Kathy Tet­ford

Sta­dium man­age­ment and pur­chase

The need to fill the role of sta­dium man­ager fol­low­ing Mike Adam’s res­ig­na­tion was also ad- dressed at the meet­ing.

Deputy Mayor and sta­dium li­ai­son So­nia Wil­liams said the hu­man re­sources com­mit­tee would re­view the 40 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived, and will be­gin the process of in­ter­views shortly there­after.

$20K grant for se­niors

Coun­cil also dis­cussed a re­cent grant of $20,000 from the De­part­ment of Chil­dren, Se­niors and So­cial Devel­op­ment.

Natalie Austin, Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer for the Town of Har­bour Grace, told The Com­pass that $10,000 will go to­wards a com­mu­nity gar­den, $5,000 will sup­port a healthy liv­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram­ming, and the re­main­ing $5,000 will aid a healthy eat­ing pro­gram­ming.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Har­bour Grace coun­cil mem­bers voted unan­i­mously at their last meet­ing to put an end to the prac­tice of hold­ing pri­vate meet­ings prior to pub­lic coun­cil meet­ings.

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