In his recent letter to the media, Ward 1 Councillor Terry Kett states Municipal Watch "Wimped Out," (regarding ward boundaries). He added, "council are elected to consult and make decisions to please as many people as possible."
Let us examine the situation: Municipal Watch paid for the poll and also agreed to withdraw its application to the Municipal Board if taxpayers did not support its position on council's failure in the communication process.
Kett conveniently ignored 88 percent (of poll respondents) who wanted to participate through a referendum vote. He also strongly supported the proposal to have full-time councillors, despite the fact he received almost $80,000 last year from the taxpayers for part-time work.
There are thousands in the city who survive on a great deal less and would welcome the opportunity to have part-time work.
Kett also ignored the poll that showed only three calls a day on average are received by councillors. Only 87 people combined participated in the ward meetings. A majority of presenters opposed his and council's positions. I suppose this reflects his opinion of consultation.
Kett expresses great concern for the expenditure by the city defending their situation at the OMB hearing.
Where was this great concern for $50,000 of taxpayer money spent to deny John Robert a recount?
Kett should curtail his self promotion and self interest. Volunteers should be encouraged to have involvement in municipal government. Criticism of participants only encourage apathy of the citizens before and during elections