LETTER: Dispute over war memorial in Clarke's Beach is shameful, writes former deputy mayor

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It has come to my attention that Clarke's Beach Deputy Mayor Wayne Snow and Coun. Kelly Kavanagh went to the joint War Memorial Committee meeting, which includes representatives from the towns of Clarke's Beach, North River, South River and the Local Service District of Makinsons.

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A while ago, the four towns came together and with a vote of 4-3, being the towns of North River, South River and Makinsons, voted in favour of appointing former Clarke's Beach town councillor Winston Vokey, who has 30-plus years of municipal leadership experience, as chairman of the War Memorial Committee, only to find out to vote against one of their own, the Town of Clarke's Beach, led by the great Mayor Betty Moore.

Needless to say, who would be more qualified to chair such a committee? A man with 30-plus years on council, the person who dug the trenches and started the first fundraising for this monument to be placed in the town.

I remember as a young man in the Town of Clarke's Beach the man who organized every war memorial service, the man who raised the money and made sure that this was a successful project.

This memorial represents the four towns, which had veterans who fought for the freedom we have today.

I would say I'm ashamed to say that I once served on council with Betty Moore.

For someone to stoop so low for her own personal agenda, to send two councillors to that meeting with a directive to inform the committee that if Winston Vokey (chairman) wasn't removed by July 1, the Town of Clarke's Beach would take over and oversee everything related to the war memorial, leaving out the other towns.

Shame on you, Clarke's Beach town council.

— Kevin Hussey is a former deputy mayor with the Town of Clarke's Beach.

Editor's note: The Compass is looking into this issue, and plans to present all sides of this dispute in the coming days.

Organizations: War Memorial Committee, Local Service District of Makinsons, Beach town council The Compass

Geographic location: North River, South River

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  • Bill Westcott
    June 14, 2014 - 06:04

    Just a reminder to everyone involved.. Remember the word DYSFUNCTIONAL Think "beyond" the issue. God Bless!

    • KevinHussey
      June 26, 2014 - 08:25

      The only DYSFUNCTIONAL ONES IN CLARKES BEACH BILL WESTCOTT IS YOU AND YOUR FRIEND BETTY MOORE THE PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO SEE WHO THE PROBLEM IS REALLY WITH IN CLARKES BEACH COUNCILLER NORM HILL SAID TO ME SOME TIME AGO YOU GUY WRENT ALL THE BLAME I CAN SEE THAT FOR MYSELF NOW TUNE IN CLARKES BEACH THEIRS MORE TO COME !!

  • resident
    June 13, 2014 - 14:15

    Clarke's Beach needs to get rid of Betty Moore, she seems to be the root of all the problems. A dictatorship is no way to run a community... Got rid of all the people who wouldn't "fall" in line and replaced them with her clan, her family members and lackeys who do what she says .. god help us all with Mayor Moore in charge.

  • Neighbour
    June 12, 2014 - 09:34

    The Council of Clarke's Beach is now ran by one woman .. Betty Moore is the dictator and the rest of Council is her little puppets, they follow her orders and don't know any better... shame on the Council for allowing one person to rule Council. Shame on Clarke's Beach for thinking they "own" the war memorial that is actually owned by North River, Clarke's Beach, South River and Makinsons. I say Clarke's Beach is in more trouble now than before, seems to me Mrs' Moore is the problem after all.

  • Town Resident
    June 09, 2014 - 18:38

    Why are you the Compass allowing such nonsense to be put in the paper?! Kevin, has no idea what he is talking about and is still bullying from afar as well as many others. Maybe if he had attended a meeting that he was scheduled to speak last week he would have heard first hand the abuse those counsellors had been taking from this committee for months......Grow up and stop your nonsense! You have no idea what you are talking about!

  • Bystander
    June 09, 2014 - 13:54

    How can a person be on a council committee without being on council? Kevin, is it possible for you to be on a committee? I don't think. Get over it Kevin, The once shameful boys club is closed!

    • KevinHussey
      June 10, 2014 - 08:50

      by stander Have the guts to post your name I Know 100% what I am talking About face the Facts not your personal attacks THEIR NEVER WAS A BOYS CLUB you got no don't know what your talking about

    • KevinHussey
      June 10, 2014 - 08:55

      Friendly Neighbour Have the guts to post your name Every time some said something is sour grapes GROW UP

    • Bystander
      June 10, 2014 - 12:09

      Kevin, I'm like the rest of the citizens in Clarke's Beach, we're not blind and deaf. You never lost your seat for no reason! The Boys Club is closed. Long live the mayor!

  • Friendly Neighbour
    June 09, 2014 - 11:33

    Boy...that's sour grapes if ever I've seen them.