Thanks to all who showed up tonight. The Council Chambers were standing room only, the hall was full and there were people outside.....
A full council was present including Mayor Schmunk.
report in point form
- I asked if anyone on council had spoken to Sally Mole about this issue-all councilors said no-Mayor Schmunk said he had spoken to Sally
-Brian Steven asked why Council can't explain the Reorganization and wondered why only 2 of 7 on council replied to his emails
-Liz Zed asked what they were thinking and where was the accountability
-Marnie Helliwell asked if there were any problems with Sally's job performance
-Mayor Schmunk said there were no problems
-Marnie Helliwell asked how Resort Services will relate to the existing Parks and Rec
-John Forde thanked council and asked why is this being done now as Smith and Schmunk are leaving
-Mayor Schmunk replied that he and the CAO had little to do with it and that it was a council decision.It was nothing personal
-George Smith asked if they thought they were representing the people of Tofino and noted there didn't seem to be much support for council's decision in the crowd
-Mayor Schmunk said that "this isn't over....the ball is in Sally's court...she has been offered options "
-Ralph Tieleman asked for an elaboration on that statement
-Mayor Schmunk said as it is an employee matter it has to remain in-camera
-this was a theme that was repeated over and over....we can't talk about it
-Peggy Jamieson questioned the corporate language that is being used by council said that secrecy and corporate structure was detrimental to local government
-Jessie Blake spoke eloquently and asked council why they would get rid of senior staff
-Mayor Schmunk repeated that he can't talk about it
- Dorothy Baert stated that the reorganization would provide a "robust" parks and rec but was unable to explain the initiative.....mentioned jobs yet to be determined
- Jessica Taylor stated that this doesn't make sense and asked for an explanation
- Ralph Tieleman asked why if there is RMI money are we letting senior staff go...said there didn't seem to be a problem prior to the windfall of RMI money
-Mayor Schmunk said they needed to create a position for someone to direct the spending of the RMI money
-Brian Steven asked for an explanation
-Mayor Schunk said he couldn't discuss it but that Sally's dismissal was not performance related whatsover
-Dorothy Baert and Mayor Schmunk were the only people on council to speak during the open question period
-No one in the over-capacity crowd spoke in favour of council's decision
-sorry if I missed anyone but my shorthand is terrible
I was happy to see a large crowd show up as council tends to dismiss the blog readership as a few anonymous whiners.There was nobody anonymous tonight. There were many citizens that aren't blog readers there......People are pissed off !!
All in all it seems that council doesn't have a clear grasp of what the reorganization is and if they do they are unwilling or unable to explain it to their constituents.Let's hope this decision can be reviewed and reversed.....Please contact the Mayor and councillors to let them know how you feel.They are here to represent you.....Thank you to Mayor and Council and all in attendance for remaining civil while discussing an emotional issue.