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Mayor wants Fort Erie council investigated

The closed door activities of Fort Erie Town Council need to be “cleaned up,” and Mayor Doug Martin has called for an investigation by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“There have been serious breaches of ethical and moral issues that have confounded my integrity,” Martin said at Monday night’s council meeting.

“There are things going on behind closed doors that in my opinion are just not right.”

Martin said he will ask the minister to appoint an integrity commissioner or a ministry supervisor to investigate the procedures of Fort Erie’s numerous closed sessions to ensure they are appropriate.

“None of us are serving the better good of constituents of the Town of Fort Erie until this gets cleaned up,” he said.

The mayor also announced that he will not attend any closed sessions until his request is answered.

“Procedures [of closed door meetings] were never intended to provide sanctuary to politicians from public scrutiny and accountability,” he said.

Closed door sessions are intended to protect the privacy of individuals and the integrity of contract tender procedures, Martin said. “Not an opportunity to wreak havoc upon staff, to plot and plan strategies that would not otherwise be allowed in open session or to use Town resources to pursue those strategies and to do so with apparent impunity.”

Martin made his announcement as yet another closed door session had been scheduled. The purpose was to discuss “potential conduct violations by a member of council.”

Specifically, the purpose was to discuss Martin’s public remarks about the decision of councillors Bob Steckley, John Hill, Paul Collard and Don Lubberts to refuse to hire the acting-CAO Ron Tripp to fill the post that has been vacant since August 2011.

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  1. mahatmacoat | Feb 4, 2013 | Reply

    Good on you Mr. Martin. Take those ” wastes of human matter” down

  2. Lesley North | Feb 4, 2013 | Reply

    It’s about time. This has gone on far too long and it’s time to have this investigated. Kudos to Doug Martin.

  3. Peter Koutroulakis | Feb 4, 2013 | Reply

    If we are paying for it, give it to us straight and in the OPEN and don’t hold back.
    If there is nothing to hide, of course!
    FE Town Councillors Lubberts, Collard, Steckley and Hill need to reveal their contempt for the taxpayers of Fort Erie so the rest of us can all move forward without them!

  4. louise albert | Feb 4, 2013 | Reply

    Thank You Mr Mayor..
    It is about time.We have given up going to Council on Mondays it has become so bad.
    Council got elected on transparency issues but hide behind close doors.
    All Fort Erie Tax payers have a right to know what is going on with their $ and why we are losing competent Experienced staff as well
    This council is something worth investigating
    and i approve my tax $ to be spent on this investigation.

  5. anonymous | Feb 4, 2013 | Reply

    KUDOS Mayor maybe there’s a thread of hope after all. Hold these arrogant jerks accountable. Its sickening what’s been happening since they’ve been on council.

  6. anonymous | Feb 4, 2013 | Reply

    Long Overdue…

  7. Ted Ogilvie | Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you! It’s sbout time….

  8. Patty Mountain | Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Your Worship, long overdue.

    Too much stress and paranoia, too much media and commotion going on to keep focused on proper procedures and doing ones job properly.

    So much for oaths that were taken.

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