Coun­cil should not shut down sta­dium com­mit­tee

The Compass - - Editorial -

Ed­i­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing let­ter was ad­dressed to the Town of Har­bour Grace. Dear Coun­cil;

I con­sider my­self a valu­able con­trib­u­tor to this town. I pay my taxes, ed­u­cate the youth of this com­mu­nity, and vol­un­teer as much as I can. I have served on many town com­mit­tees and I like to be­lieve that I have served my town well.

Last year, coun­cil asked for cit­i­zens in­ter­ested in serv­ing on a com­mit­tee for the new arena to put their names for­ward. We were then in­formed via let­ter and sev­eral meet­ings (ap­prox­i­mately six) oc­curred be­fore we were in­for­mally no­ti­fied we were no longer needed.

This of course would have been the sec­ond com­mit­tee formed, as there was one who dis­solved pre­vi­ous to this one, af­ter dis­agree­ments with coun­cil. This seems to be a trend in my hum­ble opin­ion. In fact, I voted for you, the cur­rent coun­cil on the prem- ise that the last coun­cil com­monly had far too many of their “friends” on com­mit­tees in or­der to con­trol what went on in these types of meet­ings. Ironic isn’t it?

To say I am dis­ap­pointed and hurt to hear about a “new” sta­dium com­mit­tee that does not in­clude me or many other mem­bers of the “sec­ond” com­mit­tee leaves me with sev­eral ques­tions;

When was our com­mit­tee prop­erly dis­solved?

Did we do some­thing in­cor­rectly in the eyes of coun­cil?

What is this new com­mit­tee re­spon­si­ble for?

Why does my town not value my time?

It’s a kick in the face. It says to me, “thanks for com­ing out but we don’t need you any­more”! The “gates are open, come on in,” if we ap­prove your name! I might be loud, I might be opin­ion­ated, I might not agree with you. How­ever, I have a valu­able set of skills to of­fer. This town doesn’t ex­actly have a huge vol­un­teer base. It’s cer­tainly not big enough to turn peo­ple away.

It was dis­cussed at a pre­vi­ous coun­cil meet­ing to send our com­mit­tee mem­bers thank you notes, don’t bother. I will vote this fall and I will cam­paign against those of you who have or­ches­trated this co­nun­drum.

This town doesn’t ex­actly have a huge vol­un­teer base. It’s cer­tainly not big enough to turn peo­ple away.

A $20-mil­lion fa­cil­ity will need some cre­ative and ar­tic­u­late minds to make it work. I would sug­gest you don’t turn its sup­port­ers away!

I don’t un­der­stand your logic. How­ever, I would like to have a re­sponse to this let­ter ex­plain­ing why I am no longer wanted on this com­mit­tee. — Pamela Whe­lan writes from Har­bour Grace

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