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'Council should adhere to their responsibilities'

to the editor,

Posted May 17, 2018

I was present at the Adjala-Tosorontio council meeting on May 15, which quickly became a debacle due to the lack of common sense on the part of our mayor.

Is it really too much to ask that a member of our community be given three minutes to bear witness to an error made by our planning department?

The OPP was irritated that the mayor, who had call them, did not remain in order to resolve the conflict but quickly reconvened the council meeting.

Initially the OPP wanted Ms. Finn to be able to speak for three minutes; however, this was impossible as the mayor had declared that the public input session was closed.

Thankfully, Councillor Bob Meadows stayed with the OPP and Ms. Finn to help mediate a volatile situation.

Why did council not uphold the laws of the Ontario Municipal Act, 2017, (pg. 227)? For example: "to represent the public and to consider the well being and interests of the municipality"; "to ensure...transparency"; "to provide leadership"; and "promote public involvement."

In a conflict such as this, council should adhere to their responsibilities and to obey the laws under the Ontario Municipal Act.

Janet Budgell

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