Yeah I know, two posts in a row with my 10 observations. This time on tonight’s council meeting. But it’s the quickest easiest way to get my point across and tonight I don’t have the time to construct a blog, pour over my bad grammar, edit things, read and reread it.
So this is all you get.
1. Note to Cam: You as an elected official, even if it’s true, NEVER say: “This is a very complicated report, I have read it twice and I still have not grasped the gist of what it is trying to say”. This week you get councils dunces cap.
2. Yet again (much to the chagrin of the rest of the bloggerazzi). I was impressed with Sandra Coopers performance as our Mayor tonight.
3. Looks like Bob Madigan caught Kevin Lloyd’s cold from that SARS infected microphone yesterday afternoon. As stated in my last blog he stole the show at the Levee. Tonight he looked like death warmed over, snuffling, coughing and spluttering.
4. Rienk DeVries from True North Consultants presented the much talked about Collingwood Public Utilities/ Town shared services agreement report. Steve Berman did a blog about it which he called SHOCKING. I didn’t really think it was shocking, I would say more like eye-opening and Mr. DeVries presentation was well prepared, at times a little boring, other times interesting and rather long-winded. If you want to read a review of the report, go to Steve’s blog here:
It’s 92 pages long. The gist of it is, things need to change, and they need a new Services Agreement.
5. So far so good right. Well then the old boys club started to circle the wagons. Marcus Firman (whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for by the way), he is the water services manager at Collus. Instead of accepting the report and being above the fray which I fully expected actually. Starts attacking certain nuances about how True North came to its findings and that they didn’t talk to certain people at Collus. Shame on you Marcus I expected better.
6. Then on cue, like the pantomime villain that he now seems to be turning himself into. Snuffling and sneezing-less (he gave it all to Bob) Kevin Lloyd also starts to attack the report and Mr. DeVries. Stating glaring errors and attacking the credibility and credentials of its creator, and I quote “This report has been fielded by people in and outside Collus who are of absolutely no importance or consequence”. I guess he then suddenly realized what he had just said, because he then quantified, “Well I guess you are of some importance, but you know what I mean.”
7. If we are not careful, we as a town will start to get a bad reputation. If council and various staff members don’t like the findings of a report, tabled in front of them, they attack the messenger.
8. In a very well-rehearsed and scripted comment the aforementioned pantomime villain, then decided to try and throw the absent Tim Fryer off the bus. By saying “This agreement was drafted when Tim Fryer was running things in 2003, so it will be interesting to hear what he has to say about this report”. Earth to Lloyd – That was 13 years ago a much different town and a much different Collus. But you knew that didn’t you.
9. Mark this down as the first time Mike Edwards had something salient, relevant and important to say, in what seems like a very long time, when he said: “This report and its findings are too important to be dealt with without the other two members of council being present”. Kudos for this Mike, I never thought of this, because I was busy concentrating on the old boys club’s obfuscation on the whole affair. I agree with you and you actually changed my mind on it.
10. Council voted 5 – 1, (Deb voted to receive the report) or was it 5- 2 Brian Saunderson didn’t seem to vote. Instead he, completely out of the blue, went off on a tangent for a couple of minutes and finished things off with “……….not really sure whether this was going to be a motion or not………….” Very bizarre. Was this the first chink in Brian’s shining armour? Anyway they deferred receiving the report for 30 days which, I thought, ended up being the right decision.
Note: The airport report was deferred until the next council meeting.