Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Regular Meeting- January 10, 2011

I had a good night sleep before writing this, *sigh*.

When our ex-treasurer Janet Battersby resigned, it was announced at last nights meeting that over $10,000.00 was spent in advertising the job in other communities. And we all know that in the end, we filled that position from our own back yard. Someone from Hornepayne was able to fill the position. What a waist of money!

To be fair, I feel I need to mention that I do have my own personal offense with the Township's hiring practices. You know how sometimes things can get under your skin more because you've been "there", suffered "that"? So if I seem more pissed than what you think the situation deserves, that would be why.

Anyway, it was decided at last nights meeting that this is the route that will be taken for the Road Superintendent's job. Before we look in our own back yard, they are going to spend the extravagant monies on advertising elsewhere. Shouldn't we have learned the $10,000.00 lesson? Maybe, just maybe, Hornepayne-ers are capable of filling the "important jobs". ( The Road Super. was classed as "an important job" at last nights meeting).

We're told that we don't have extra money! It seemed to be a big decision to repair our Curling club. But now we're going to throw over ten thousand dollars into advertising a job that could possibly be awarded to someone who lives here? Why not seek out Hornepayne first? If that processes fails to produce someone who is qualified for the job, THEN spend the cash to advertise elsewhere.

This was a perfect opportunity to show that our New Leaders believe in and value the abilities that exists within the town. But, IMO, they've made a $10,000.00 bet against it.

At a time when we have so little, couldn't we use that money for something else?


Cool down Edit ☺:
To be fair to our New Mayor, Willy, and Paul, the actual cost of advertising was dropped on them during the meeting. I'm assuming Heater would have known the past costs, but perhaps not. I think Morley's facial expression spoke concern. Sue actually does a pretty good job overall, but she shouldn't be their only consultant on matters. There's wisdom in seeking advice from more than one person. Just because "this is how it was done in the past", does not mean it should be done that way in the future. If we want different results we have to do things differently. And, It's time for change. Right?


  1. In attendance:

    Gail Jeremy

    Stacey Rendell
    Marg Zajac

    Denis Mackie (left early)
    Norman Berube (left early)

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  3. This is so true ... So many people here are living on half assed jobs and they are looking for an opportunity like this so they don't have to look for work and move their families to other towns ... to hire in town would benefit the town... couldn't agree with you more Bev !!

  4. Here's Morley's response that I've copied and pasted from Facebook:

    Morley Forster
    Just a short note for your consideration.....the treasurers job was posted several times to add up to the horrendous price tag that was mentioned at council last night. We dont intend to do that but we do intend to pick from the largest pool of candidates we can to ensure that we get the best we can for our municipality. If we end up picking from our own back yard then the naysayers cant say we didnt try. And Bev.......thanks for attending the meetings and providing commentary.....I think spreading the word in a timely manner will be one of our harder jobs and your blog may be one of the answers. Try to look on the bright side though as we are trying to make the community a better place.
    And........thanks for your support for me on an individual basis......I am and will continue to try to live up to your expectations. I know the rest of council is trying as well. Morley

  5. Hi everyone,there has been a lot of interest in an outdoor rink.I think this would be great for all young and old. $10,000 would help. just a thought.