Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Aside from the change of venue and time, today's meeting between the Ratepayers and council went ahead as planned. With absolutely no surprizes in store. It was as predictable as knowing winter is just around the corner.
Bill Kovach, president of the Crowsnest Ratepayers Association spoke on behalf of taxpayers in this community, presenting their itinerary, which mayor and council adhered to.
More of the Ratepayer Executive.
CAO Myron Thompson addressing the Ratepayers, with Mayor and Council in the background.
Mainstream media in attendance, including moi (taking the picture) representing Alternative media (a precedent setting first, I think, for the Crowsnest Pass ;-) ).
Cameraman and reporter from Global T.V. were there covering this event. (Should be on tonight at 11 pm.)
Comment: The bottom line from my perspective of what transpired at this meeting is that mayor, council and administration were respectful, courteous and made themselves available (as were and did the executive of the Ratepayers). In fact, they spent about two and half hours (1 hr. over the initially agreed upon time frame) patiently answering questions, justifying themselves and their actions, and more or less trying to impress one and all with their professionalism, sincerity, and determination to see the job through, as they see it, come hell or high water. "There's no stopping us 'we got the support of the 'silent majority''." Delusions of Grandeur?
The Ratepayers 'Proposal for Council' (see itinerary above) as I said was adhered to and dealt with point by point, but by the end of the meeting nothing was accomplished as far as them either acknowledging and acting on the requests demanded of them, or in reassuring those there from the Ratepayers that their concerns were even valid and had merit.
Lost in the discourse was the fact residents here have lost faith in their ability to manage our community according to past best practices with respect, for example, to how volunteers are treated and depended on here in order to maintain affordability, especially for the most disadvantaged among us. Transparency, openness and approachability have been lost with the end result that they are no longer seen to be representing us, but to rule over us instead, as tyrants.
The otherwise cordial meeting ended on a sour note with the mayor telling one and all, after being informed by the Ratepayers that in their opinion nothing had been resolved by this meeting and therefore they would be going ahead with a petition to Municipal Affairs asking for their removal, that in the past he has been at both ends of a petition and for us to be careful as "you might get into something you won't like". Was that a threat? Sure sounded like it.
On that ominous note, I'll end it here for tonight, as I'm tired (being a reporter is a tough job) and have some things to do yet before bed.
Before I go though, here's what CTV News had to say about our current situation.
Crownest Pass MD Meeting - CTV Lethbridge - Oct.09/12
Lofty promises are made, time passes, promises go unfulfilled, excuses are made and gross failures are forgotten, denied or downplayed and no one, except the public at large, pays for them.