I recently went to the council office to ask what the procedure is to speak at a council meeting. I was told I had to submit a request to speak. This is what I submitted "I would like to speak at the next council meeting on Nov. 17th, it is concerning questions I have about the town."
When I received the letter from the town administrator on Nov. 12, I wondered what their reason would be for me not being able to speak at the council meeting. At the beginning of the letter it said, "The town acknowledges receipt of your request to speak at the next regular council meeting. Council has not approved your request to speak."
When I continued reading I wondered where they got this information from. At the Dec. 1 meeting, town administrator Cynthia Davis approached me with some documents. These letters that she showed me were letters that were addressed to the mayor. Did he give these letters to the town administrator or did she take them? At this meeting, Coun. David Kennedy said they need to follow the town's rules and Municipal Affairs' rules to safeguard the town and protect the people.
Speaking at the Nov. 3 council meeting, Deputy Mayor Frank Butt was quoted by The Compass to have said, "Anything that people do that affects the safety of the residents, visitors and workers of Carbonear, we take very seriously." On page 11 of the Carbonear municipal plans 2004-2014, it states, "New development shall meet site design standards and requirements set out in the Town's Development Regulations, in order to safeguard and improve the road system of the community, and to provide easy access for fire protection and municipal services. New development, shall, whenever possible, contribute to shorten or reduce existing dead-end roads."
In one of the documents that I gave to the mayor I asked about these two building permits because they were being built on a dead-end road - Squibb's Hill. Their reason was they did not build on a new street and there was already buildings on the street. Rules outlined on page 32 of the 10-year municipal plan were not followed.
Anybody that knows this area knows that our road has been there for a long time. Two building permits in 2006 were allowed because this road existed. It was on the Internet as being one of the major roads and yet we were not allowed to build. I have been in touch with Municipal Affairs Minister Keith Hutchings. He states that, "As there is no role for the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs in the operational decisions of the Town, I encourage you to continue your discussion with officials at the town in an attempt to resolve the matter." Now can you understand why I feel bullied?
- Debra Bradbury writes from Carbonear