The new Cranbrook Council is off to a sad start when they hold a secret meeting to vote to sell the old Fire Hall. The reason for Council to go in camera and hold a private discussion is because they are afraid to have any discussion in public.
Citizens, how did your councillor vote? You can’t find out, as they are all sworn to secrecy. You can’t even find out what the vote was — 7 to 0, or with the possibility of a councillor absent and a councillor or two recusing themselves due to potential conflict of interest, the vote could have been 2-1.
So much for accountability and transparency. When we don’t know how our elected representatives voted on the issues, on what grounds should we re-elect them? On smiles or handshakes or nods and winks? Councillors, why did you run for office if you didn’t want to discuss and debate the issues in the public forum? Secrecy undermines good governance.
With bigger issues like finding replacements for the city’s sagging public administration, how was it that the heritage Fire Hall — which has sat idly by for many years — suddenly became issue number one for Council? An issue so hot the public has to be kept away, lest they get burned up. Who put the heritage Fire Hall on the secret meeting agenda?
Mayor Pratt, the advice you have received warrants some house cleaning. A unified town can create economic development, whereas splintered, fractured, self-interest groups cannot. Lead Cranbrook forward. Report out the secret vote, as well as who all recused themselves.
William G. Hills/Cranbrook
Congratulations to the thieves and vandals that succeeded in removing the four signs from Fraggle Rock, and smashing down the one at Horseshoe Lake. Good job! Your family must be very proud of you.
How foolish of me to make and erect signs that I though would stay for good people to see and enjoy.
I would love to find the whereabouts of one of the signs so I could congratulate you personally.