Mayor backed for severing ties
‘‘I have been disappointed sometimes at the level of negative thoughts.’’
Central Otago’s mayor and fellow board members who have boycotted attending further meetings with the Alexandra, Clyde and Districts Business Group have been overwhelmed with community support.
Last Wednesday, Tim Cadogan emailed businesses in the region alerting them to his decision to terminate his relationship with the group, as he said it had been operating unlawfully and efforts to engage with the group positively had been unsuccessful.
The business group chairman Barry Hambleton said the group’s interim management committee was meeting this week to discuss Cadogan’s email but he declined to comment further.
Since the email was sent, Cadogan said he had received ‘‘a very brief letter’’ from Hambleton. ‘‘I have had many emails from businesses supporting the position I have taken and none opposing it.’’
In his email, Cadogan said he had gone to ‘‘great lengths’’ to improve the difficult relationship between the council and the group, without success.
Vincent Community Board members Brian Fitzgerald and Russell Garbutt had joined him in his efforts, he said.
‘‘Regrettably, I now find myself in a position where I feel I have no choice but to remove myself from that relationship.’’
Cadogan’s claim of unlawful behaviour related to the group’s recent AGM and the process around how the committee, and positions within the committee, were appointed.
Garbutt said Cadogan’s actions were ‘‘totally understandable’’ and he had received ‘‘very supportive’’ feedback from businesses since the email.
‘‘In my year I have been attending the business group I have been disappointed sometimes at the level of negative thoughts.’’
He was ‘‘astounded’’ at the processes employed at the AGM.
‘‘It was really quite surprising. I have been to lots and lots of AGMs and have never seen a process like that before.’’
He and fellow board member Brian Fitzgerald would not attend future meetings, he said.
‘‘It may be they have a good think about the actions they have taken and decide to do things differently.
‘‘If that is the case I would go back, but if it’s the status quo, I won’t be.’’
Alec Divers, of Roxburgh, looks through pictures and newspaper clippings collected over the past 50 years capturing the history of the Millers Flat and Ettrick volunteer fire brigade. The communities celebrated their brigade’s 50th jubliee at Labour Weekend. About 100 current and former members, as well as supporters, attended the celebrations which included a street parade and meet and greet at the fire station.