No motions resulting from closed-door meeting between Kings County council, Michelin

Kirk Starratt
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Whatever transpired during a closed-door meeting between Kings County council and representatives of Michelin Canada will remain a mystery to the general public, at least for now.

Chief administrative officer Tom MacEwan said May 21 that there weren’t any motions resulting from the in-camera meeting that took place the previous evening. Warden Diana Brothers said during the May 6 council session that there “might” be a motion regarding Michelin coming out of the session.

MacEwan said prior to the meeting that it met the requirements for an in-camera session, as it had to do with land and/or contract negotiations.

In a document published on the County of Kings website on May 16, entitled “Municipal Airport Relocation Project Frequently Asked Questions,” the first question posed is “Why has so much discussion surrounding the airport and potential Michelin expansion taken place ‘in-camera’?”

The answer provided states that council meetings are open to the public unless closed to discuss matters related to items such as the sale of municipal property or contract negotiations and to receive legal advice. These ‘closed’ or ‘in-camera’ meetings are permitted under Section 22 of the Municipal Government Act.

It goes on to state that: “Closed meetings are intended to provide a forum for council to discuss specified items in private, prior to making a decision. Council cannot make a decision at a closed meeting as binding decisions must be made in an open meeting.”

The answer also states, “It is in the best interest of every Kings County citizen to ensure negotiations are done properly and in accordance with best practices, to achieve optimal results for the greater good of all taxpayers.”

Following an in-camera session on March 10, council voted to close the municipal airport in Waterville as of Sept. 30 to make way for a possible future expansion of the neighbouring Michelin tire plant.

Organizations: Kings County council

Geographic location: Kings, Waterville

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Recent comments

  • michelin
    May 22, 2014 - 07:18

    pauline raven..why did is make you laugh? you're part of this kangaroo court we call municipal and the rest should be ashamed of yourselves

  • Ron Gee
    May 21, 2014 - 18:59

    Still have not got an answer to why the great need to close the airport before Michelin says it is going to expand and a date for the expansion to start. I am almost positive that when they make such an announcement it will then be some time before construction starts. Then I suppose the current users of the airport can be given notice. Until we know what has taken place, in-camera, the drama will continue.

  • Pauline Raven
    May 21, 2014 - 14:08

    Made me laugh out loud! Tragically funny.