The Deputy Mayor of Mulmur weighs in on Ontario Fire Marshalls review with her opinion via a letter to the editor.
A statement she made in the letter caught my eye:
“The ratepayers expect and deserve that Mulmur should achieve a higher standard in this service…”
You can read her letter in its entirety here: http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2013-03-21/Letters_to_the_Editor/OFM_review.html
So now for my opinion(s) on what the Mulmur ratepayers expect and deserve:
They expect and deserve their elected officials will not use their status as a platform to “get” every single person who ever looked at them the wrong way.
They expect and deserve their elected officials to comply with the rules that unelected officials have to like zoning bylaws and and the building code
Excerpt from Mulmur December 11, 2012 minutes: P-2012 April 4, 2012 Hilchey 13/7 EHS Property Standards Building/Zoning Matter is the subject of potential litigation and is therefore now being dealt with as an 'in camera' item, as necessary. Further direction from Council is required. Page 35 at attached link http://www.mulmurtownship.ca/images/PDFS/COUNCIL_PACKAGES/2012/dec.11.2012.pkg.pdf
Excerpt from February 6, 2013 minutes
Motion #39-13 Hawkins-Hayes: That Council instructs staff to notify the County of Dufferin and the Township Solicitor to proceed with a legal opinion and possible actions with regards to the John and Lynn Hilchey property.
Page 3 at attached link
They expect and deserve their elected officials to make decisions based on the greater good of the municipality, not just vote out of spite and vindictiveness.
They expect and deserve their elected officials to maintain the mission statement of the municipality, which is on the website and it states:
Council our employees and representatives will perform their duties in the best interest of our public, with responsibility and fairness and with partiality towards none.
They expect and deserve their elected officials will not sue their own municipality forcing the use of hard to come by tax dollars to defend against the suit. (Deputy Mayor sues Council http://www.orangeville.com/news-story/1478309-deputy-mayor-sues-mulmur-council/ )
They expect and deserve their elected officials will do what a politician is supposed to do, which is to build consensus for an issue and once a decision has been made by a majority vote to LET IT GO and move on to the next issue.
They expect and deserve their elected officials will not bully, berate and browbeat staff and other Councillors.
( …his exact words, but he distributed copies of “bullying” articles from Municipal World and another publication and said the five-member council is “two short of a team,” and that the mayor and CAO have “difficulty to keep the ship afloat.” http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2012-08-09/Local_News/Mulmur_council_a_sinking_ship_planner.html )
They expect and deserve their elected officials to set a high standard ( http://www.mississauga.com/article/1574607--mulmur-township-councillor-convicted-of-drinking-and-driving )
So over to you Mulmur ratepayers, have I missed anything?