Some of the interesting things being spoken about around town are…
Last night’s Council Meeting:
Apparently the Smokeaters (Firemen who put on TITV and are in the midst of lawsuits flying back and forth between them and our municipality) came as a delegation before council last night along with their lawyers (Val Danielson and one other) only to be told council would not receive them that night. Apparently, another screw-up, mix-up, miscommunication?
Seems to be a lot of them happening lately with the last one being only two weeks ago at the last council meeting when a delegation representing Wolfgang from Crowsnest Mountain Resort in Coleman was made to wait the duration of the entire council meeting before finally being able to address council during the Public Input session to find out their scheduled appearance before council had been cancelled, too. Both parties I mention here were not given the common courtesy and professionalism of being notified beforehand that their public forums had been cancelled, and thereby incurred unnecessary and totally avoidable costs, were inconvenienced, and miffed to say the least.
When making his council member report Andrew mentioned he had been asked by residents if he plans on running in the next election, to which he replied that his short answer was no. The long answer is to be found in his report to Russell Farmer for the Municipal inspection and then he mentioned something about his lawyers, and curiously stated something about mayor and council can (will) be removed from office. This is quite interesting? If this is correct, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least the way mayor, council and administration have been playing loosey goosey with the rules and procedures governing municipal governance, including the recent revelations about their ‘secret meetings’.
Under correspondence, we all expected to hear about the letter from Ranchland telling council to get stuffed but that never happened? Guess it fell through the cracks somehow? What with the mayor and our CAO gallivanting around Vancouver this past weekend, on our dime, at the annual FCM convention? Who’s got time to make sure ‘bad news’ gets put on the agenda, as well as delegations that might rock the boat.
No announcement of an extension for the Medican conditions, no announcement of condition removals. Why not? Deadline for some of them was the end of May.
Fire Department Equipment, Vehicles and Land
As most people are apparently aware by now the municipality is planning on holding an auction to sell off what they feel is obsolete equipment and vehicles, including its been said, the actual fire hall in Hillcrest as well.
A friend of mine told me as he was leaving Hillcrest last night to attend the council meeting he saw our fire truck at the hall, upon his return later that evening, it was gone. Probably now sitting at the auction house.
Word is that this council is doing everything in their power to make it as difficult if not impossible for the next council (if wanting or desiring to go in that direction) of restoring our municipal fire department back to the way it was. By their actions and the speed in which they are doing what they are doing this apparently is not far from the truth.
Readers may remember my blog post Ratepayers Contact Municipal Affairs over Council’s Secret Meetings of last week. Well the Ratepayers have been busy on our behalf with follow up communication to both Russell Farmer and to George Cuff. With respect to the latter, I have included the email exchange between Bill Kovach and quite an interesting and revealing reply from George Cuff. Check it out below.
The following is a letter to the Investigators at Russell Farmer regarding councils closed door ‘secret’ meetings.
Here is the email exchange between Bill and Mr. Cuff:
Dear Mr. Cuff,
This is not to involve you in our affairs with the Municipal council of the Crowsnest Pass but we feel we have to keep you informed since we have used your name in our correspondence. Please see attached letter to Chris Hutchinson of Russell Farmer & Associates Consulting Ltd. We suspect any advice given to our administration about any meetings was about meetings moving forward. Unfortunately, it appears to us they are using this advice to legitimize a series of meetings which already have taken place.
William Kovach, Petitioner’s Representative
Thank you for the clarification. I responded to a request for information which I presumed was to affect the situation going forward. My advice as I presented it deals with a CAO briefing his Council and was not intended to encourage Council to “move the decision-making yardsticks” in anything other than a public meeting UNLESS the matter was legitimately an in camera item. Even then, the matter must be voted on publicly by the Council. In all legal matters I defer to the wisdom of the Municipality’s legal counsel and/or that of Alberta Municipal Affairs.
I think there was something else I should have mentioned here but can’t think of it right now. When and if I do, I will include it here at the bottom, so check back and see. If anybody else wants me to add or include something they may be privy to but we are not, get back to me. Thanks!
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