I was wondering if maybe Mr Smith has finished the 3 terms that the Centre board claim to be allowed to i individual. Not sure that it matters.
The agreement between the town and the board of governance was beforeCouncil in August 2010. Signers for the board were an interim chairperson and interim secretary, Susan Morton Leonard.
It's not three years since.
My understanding of the board's constitution is a member may serve three two-year terms.
At the last Council meeting when the proposed new agreement was received two persons from the board attended. I was informed when I asked, one was "The President".
I'm not sure if that is the new title oftheheadof the board. or an addiotanal office.
in any case,the board has not existed long enough for anyone to have served three two-year terms.
I did hear Susan Morton Leonard did not serve beyond interim.
I have also heard Mr.Smith is no longer a board member.
I have heard Mr. Layton does not intend to be a member much longer.
- It's quite extraordinary I think,for Council to be handing over so much to a group of individuals we know nothing about. Who's up to bat?
The Mayor knows because he has been invited to attend their meetings.
While sworn to secrecy of course.
It really is an odd situation that. The Mayor attending meetings and agreeing to keep secrets from Council.
I'm not sure how that fits in with the role of the Mayor to provide Leadership and Guidance to an
Institution,required by law to conduct public business in public.
It occurred to me last week when I was listening to problems the U.S. government was having arriving at an agreement to prevent going over the fiscal cliff; we have heard Repeatedly the problems are related to "earmarks and entitlements"
The giveaways politicians can't be persuaded to give up.
We never had those before.
They were created by the last Council.
Namely $50,000. to the Historical Society for no service in. return
A hundred thousand to an eleven. Member volunteer. Group to spend as they see fit.
A million dollar giveaway to a culture group to spend as they will without accountability.
They started in one term as earmarks. In a second term, they have become, with a new Council,
If we can't get rid of them now, what chance the exception will become the norm.
The Municipal Act permits Councils to make grants.
I am not aware of a section of The Act that provides for earmarks and entitlements.