By Sara Ericsson
Coun. Kim MacQuarrie says council wasn’t given enough time to consider a motion that will see the county chip in $1 million to pave subdivision roads.
Before the agenda was approved at the Aug. 13 committee of the whole session, MacQuarrie apologized to the public present in the gallery, saying she was concerned about the lack of time she had been given to read over documents.
The J-class road motion was submitted to councillors on Aug. 9 for discussion at the Aug. 13 meeting.
“The information was presented to councillors at the last minute, which makes me feel like I can’t do my job. I’m not prepared to make the decisions I have to make today,” she said.
Chief Administrative Officer Tom MacEwan said the project was conducted quickly because of paving time constraints. Due to cold weather, paving can only be completed until mid-fall.
“The information was provided, recommended and reviewed by respective individuals before presented to council,” stressed MacEwan. “Under the circumstances, it was the best the staff could do.”
Coun. Pauline Raven expressed doubt as to whether this was a proper use of these funds.
“There are other things this money could be put towards,” she said. “We have lost sight of our priorities.”
Coun. Patricia Bishop, meanwhile, wondered where the money would come from for this project after the list of roads was approved.
“In terms of process, why would we commit to this list if we are not intending to pay?”
Stephen MacIsaac, with the transportation department, attended the meeting and confirmed that these roads, all paved before 1994, would indeed become the responsibility of the province once they were repaved.
“We are trying to do the best we can for the most people,” he said.