Lately, quite a bit has been written and talked about regarding the number of Municipal employees we have, what we are currently paying them and where all the money is going.
I am the first to say that I have not directly looked into the matter. I guess I should take the time to be more informed.
It is glaringly apparent, that up until now, the Mayor and council have been very silent to the questions being posed by numerous members of this community.
However, the other day councilor Brian Gallant decided to breach the silence and break down the numbers for us. Thank you Brian for having the gumption to step up and make your voice heard. We really have been waiting for some answers.
Now after reading it through several times, I ran all the information through my mind. There was definitely some clarification made. However there were still obviously some glaring discrepancies between what we had a year ago and what we have now. All the numbers just don't seem to add up.
Now I must say Brian that if you did in fact stand up and voice your opposition against some of the decisions that council proposed and consequently made, then I sincerely thank you. We should all thank you. We need more of that.
I do also understand that not all of us can grasp or comprehend the complexities of it all. After all council is privy to more information than what the general public knows. We would really have to be in your shoes to be "in the know".
So I guess the general public will have to be content to take your word for it. You are our council. You do, after all, know what is best for all of us.
Another thing that disturbs me is the lack of transparency that seems to plague this council, like it did the last. Maybe that just goes with the territory? I mean, what really does go on behind closed doors or "in camera"? I know what types of things that are supposed to go on in camera. But that does not mean that is exactly what happens.
Something else that really worries me is the continued absences of the same people from council meetings. First, they do not get to "have their say". Second, they knew what they were getting in for when they ran. If they can not commit to something as important as attending a council meeting, as a council member, then maybe they should have not run or maybe instead now bow out and we can find someone else to replace them. It's been done before.
However, I guess we will have to make do with who does attend and be grateful for it.
The few council member's who are speaking out, are desperately trying to put a positive spin on everything. I don't blame them. I for one, am all for being positive. I will say that I am positively going to run for council next election.
Then I can positively say that I am privy to "all the information" that the privilege of the position holds. Then all of my unanswered questions positively will be answered.