Marty Adler’s answers are:
34. Two CAOs Pay?
The new CAO has been hired. Mr Phipps has indicated he is only staying to the end of his contract, and in that time will be helping to transition Mr. Micelli. It sounds reasonable to me to fulfill the contract. If there is a rumour that Mr. Phipps might be staying on, I am only assuming it will be the new council that will have the say. The current council is a lame-duck one at best. As for release of the salary of the new CAO, if transparency is the keyword for council, then the answer is obvious.
As a note, I would like you to know that I have followed Mr. Phipps, and I really like this man. I believe he knows his stuff, what is best for the town, and has the experience to get the job done. We are lucky to have had him. From what I have assessed, he may be a little rough around the edges, but he does have spunk. You might be amazed with what he can and would offer, if one would give him a little respect – and I for one, surely would!
35. Development Fees Collected?
I am quickly finding out that councils in this town have made some screwed up deals to attract development. I can see offering ‘deals’ when we have undesireable properties to develop, but to offer deals on prime properties makes no sense. So, what is prime and what is not? It appears to me that deals made in the past would hold the town ransom in the future. To keep a lid on such activity, you need a mayor with backbone. As for municipal Christmas wish lists, if I am elected mayor, Christmas won’t be coming anytime soon.
36. Special Development Deals?
The horse is gone, and the barn door has been closed. You cannot expect a new council to carry the burden of the past at this early stage in the game. There are more priorities to deal with when a new council is formed. Just remember, whoever made these supposed deals, they were put in place by the people who voted them in; and that is why you need to look at a strong council and mayor, one that is beyond reproach. Show up at the candidates debate, and don’t prejudge this time around. In this case, as in all the cases where citizens complain, it’s the citizens who ultimately are to blame!
37. Where Are Our Voter Notifications?
I received mine on Friday. I have no issues.
38. Preferential Treatment?
You obviously have a bone to pick with someone or something. If you demand transparency, then what is good for the goose, is good for the gander. What are you talking about? Specifics please. All citizens should be treated equal, wealthy, influential, or average not withstanding.
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