Council’s improper closed meeting with wind developer outed
Over the past five years there have been many questionable ‘meetings’ in the Adelaide-Metcalfe council chambers, especially when wind turbines are involved. For starters, the mayor and the deputy-mayor have close relatives who have signed wind option agreements, and they never declare a conflict of interest. Then there was the time the police were called to stop a resident from video recording the open meetings. Oh yes and when the CAO’s husband physically struck out at a resident taking a picture of them entering a closed meeting with Suncor. Items have been left off agendas, mis-reported in minutes…the list goes on, and frustration builds.
So to say the residents are skeptical, leery, untrusting of this council, is an understatement. And for good reason. Even the ombudsman’s office has had their fill of this council. With 6 “Best Practices”, and 3 “Violations” found in the last year and a half, this little township of 3000 is practically topping the province for infractions— beating out the big cities (oh yes, even London).
If a resident happens upon an improper closed meeting, it’s usually by fluke. And so it was with the most recent revelation with the Ad-Met council, when a closed meeting on January 25, 2012 was discovered in the “Municipal Correspondence” section of the wind developer WPD’s submission (See pg. 130). Yep, check those out for your local project!
The Township CAO/treasurer Fran Urbshott, was contacted by the office of the Ombudsman and an investigation has been initiated, as all but one of the township councillors and the mayor were there— a quorum present and the public was not invited, let alone notified….nor were minutes taken….the township has no record of the meeting, thankfully the wind company does.
Right before adjournment of a recent council meeting a resident made a probing statement about the number of Ombudsman investigations that this council has seen, ending by calling for the resignation of anyone present for the last meeting now under investigation.
Mayor David Bolton tartly replies, “This mayor’s not going to resign because you haven’t got just cause.” Is it any wonder this council voted against becoming an “unwilling host” of wind turbines, with the mayor casting the deciding vote?
The first wind project was just approved for this township by the Ministry of Environment on Thursday: NextEra’s Adelaide/Kerwood project of 37 turbines.
Posted on August 6, 2013, in Adelaide Project- NextEra, Adelaide Project- Suncor, Ethics, Municipalities, Napier Project, Next Era, Suncor, TCI Renewables, White Pines Project, WPD. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.