Kirkland Mayor John Meaney and Council have finally been exposed. They are bullies masquerading as elected officials. This week they gave us an impressive display of “THE KIRKLAND WAY” at work, meant to shock and awe residents of Henri-Daoust Street into submission. John Meaney showed that he can take decisive action, but once again only against his own residents.
Kirkland’s mayor and Council took 25 years to take a timid yet concrete step to alleviate the traffic mess in the neighbourhood. Less than 48 hours after residents dared to challenge them publicly they sent out a notice that the NO LEFT TURN SIGNS will be removed from Henri-Daoust effective December 15, 2011. Any bets on whether John Meaney even had time to call Monique Worth and beg her to take down the NO RIGHT TURN at Antoine Faucon? I am betting not because Meaney only takes out the big guns when he is beating down his own residents. Successfully negotiating with other jurisdictions is really not his thing, witness his dismal failure to negotiate anything on traffic issues with Pierrefonds-Roxboro whether on St-Charles or Henri-Daoust.
Why the rush to take the signs down?
The evidence is irrefutable. This is payback, revenge, retaliation against the residents for having dared to distribute a pamphlet to all the houses in Kirkland’s District #3 telling the residents the truth about the installation of the signs. Distribution of the pamphlet started on Wednesday December 7, 2011 after 10:00 AM and the notice that the signs are coming down is dated December 9, 2011. The math is pretty simple.
How is it possible that in a letter dated November 30, 2011 John Meaney is still actively defending the status quo and even going so far as to say that he has demanded better monitoring of the signs by police? He was telling journalists that the city had no immediate plans to change its policy on Henri-Daoust. Then surprisingly 9 days later all that is thrown out the window and the signs are coming down with 3 days notice. Residents only learned about the decision from the media on December 12, 2011.
My guess is that one of Councillor Allard’s “consensus building” meetings took place behind closed doors. The decision is announced as having the unanimous support of Council and the result is another public relations disaster in the making for the Town of Kirkland. The ongoing crossed sewer pipes mess has apparently taught them nothing.
Residents are justifiably outraged by this heavy handed and unilateral action by the Town of Kirkland. Meaney is trying to muzzle not only our right to free speech but sending a message to other residents who might be inclined to complain too loudly. The same fate awaits them if they are not thankful and grateful enough for what he has done for them.
Mr. John Meaney and Council have a feudal view of the world. Their words and actions betray them. Their surprise is genuine when we serfs do not show more gratitude and devotion to them for all that they have done for us.