Gor­don Power de­clared mayor of Cupids, Kevin Connolly new deputy mayor

Ques­tions come up again about process for se­lect­ing new ap­pointees to coun­cil

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON editor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

For the first time in al­most two months, the Town of Cupids held a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing last week.

It was the first coun­cil meet­ing to take place since the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer mayor Chris­tine Burry and coun­cil­lor Fran­cis Walsh. Health is­sues re­port­edly fac­tored into Walsh’s res­ig­na­tion, while Burry has not pub­li­cally dis­closed what prompted her de­ci­sion to re­sign. Seven coun­cil mem­bers have re­signed since the last gen­eral elec­tion in 2013.

Last Tues­day, for­mer deputy mayor Gor­don Power of­fi­cially as­sumed the mayor’s chair, be­com­ing the third per­son to serve that duty dur­ing the cur­rent four-year term. For­mer mayor Harold Ak­er­man quit last fall, cit­ing his mount­ing frus­tra­tion with coun­cil.

Kevin Connolly ac­cepted the Mayor Gor­don Power, left, and Deputy Mayor Kevin Connolly at Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing in Cupids.

nom­i­na­tion for deputy mayor.

“I’ll take that buddy. I’ve got skin on me like an al­li­ga­tor,” Connolly said af­ter Coun. Mike Power nom­i­nated him for the po­si­tion.

Connolly started off the meet­ing by rais­ing ques­tions about the process Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs used to se­lect the two re­cently ap­pointed coun­cil mem­bers — Rod De­laney and Joanne Wells. With the next gen­eral elec­tion less than six months from now, Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs elected to ap­point new coun­cil mem­bers in­stead of hold­ing a by­elec­tion.

With­out the ap­point­ments, Cupids would not have enough coun­cil mem­bers to es­tab­lish quo­rum at meet­ings. An at­tempt to hold a meet­ing last month failed when Connolly and Mike Power didn’t show up, with both men at­tribut­ing their ab­sence to health is­sues.

Connolly asked De­laney, who was seated next to him Tues­day, who made the ap­point­ments to coun­cil. De­laney re­it­er­ated what Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs pre­vi­ously stated pub­li­cally — that the of­fice of lo­cal MHA Betty Pars­ley pro­vided the names to the depart­ment. He did not have knowl­edge of who specif­i­cally ap­pointed him.

Connolly dis­puted Pars­ley’s knowl­edge of Cupids and said MHAs should have noth­ing to do with town busi­ness. Connolly also in­di­cated the two peo­ple who ran in the last mu­nic­i­pal by­elec­tion won by Walsh should have been con­sid­ered for the ap­point­ments.

“(Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs) should have went to them,” he said. “Why didn’t our deputy mayor (Gor­don Power) or the clerk say we’ve got two … who run be­fore and didn’t get in?”

Res­i­dents raised sim­i­lar ques­tions at the failed meet­ing last month, dur­ing which the new coun­cil­lors of­fered to an­swer any ques­tions they had. Fol­low­ing that meet­ing, Gor­don Power said he was will­ing to rec­om­mend those two names — Alice Power and Dou­glas Furey — to Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs. How­ever, Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs sub­se­quently in­formed the town it has no plans to ap­point ad­di­tional coun­cil­lors.

Connolly later ex­pressed a will­ing­ness to work with the new coun­cil­lors, shak­ing hands with De­laney at one point to­wards the end of the meet­ing.

The next Cupids coun­cil meet­ing is sched­uled for June 6.


New Deputy Mayor Kevin Connolly, right, shares some words with Coun. Rod De­laney, left, and other coun­cil mem­bers at the be­gin­ning of Tues­day’s meet­ing in Cupids.

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