Kirkland August 10, 2012
Mr. John W. Meaney
Town of Kirkland
17200 boulevard Hymus
Kirkland, Quebec, H9J 3Y8
Kirkland residents who have been following developments at Kirkland Town Hall over the last couple of years have become accustomed to a certain amount of disarray on the part of our elected and unelected officials while they scramble to get their ducks in line. Residents and media alike have been treated to a litany of curt “NO COMMENT” from our elected Mayor and Councillors, even as constantly shifting positions at Town Hall on certain issues cried out for additional comments and explanations. Gag orders have been placed on our so-called “INDEPENDENT” Councillors who have eagerly complied in order to please their “invisible” handlers.
The latest developments however show that the disarray is perhaps only a symptom of a much deeper and more ominous malaise. I submit for your consideration events that took place at Kirkland Council meetings on July 9, 2012 and August 6, 2012.
At the July 9 Council meeting Councillor Zito read a statement which announced, with great fanfare, an increase to $5,000 to the subsidy available to homeowners who were affected by the crossed sewer issue. The Mayor and Councillors then proceeded to refuse to answer any questions or clarify the statement further and repeatedly told the residents and media in attendance that they should refer to the press release that would be available July 10. It would, they said, explain the rationale and reasons for the increased subsidy. Needless to say, the promised press release behind which municipal officials enthusiastically took refuge never materialized.
The question of the “phantom” press release was raised at the August 6 Council meeting. Sanalitro was asked directly why the press release promised a month earlier was never made available. His response was, and I quote “I told you it was a misunderstanding between the council and the administration as to whether or not it is going to be published. The administration did not feel it was appropriate.”
It is important to point out that even this lame response was preceded by your threat to have public security remove me from the meeting for even daring to ask the question.
Let us review the facts. The press release was promised during a Council meeting on July 9, 2012 where the Mayor and all the Councillors were present. Also present was Mr. Joe Sanalitro, Director General of the Town of Kirkland, in other words the most senior non elected official in the town of Kirkland.
One question immediately comes to my mind: Who exactly is THE ADMINISTRATION? Do the Mayor and Council answer to a higher authority that residents don’t know about and never voted into office?
Think about it for a moment. The mayor and all eight municipal Councillors along with the Director General of the Town of Kirkland, together in the same room, are unable to make a planned public announcement and deliver the goods because they were overruled by THE ADMINISTRATION.
Governance at Kirkland Town Hall has suddenly become a legitimate concern which necessarily calls into question the legitimacy of this Mayor and Council. Kirkland residents deserve to know: Who is in charge in the Town of Kirkland?
Mr. Meaney, this is a question that you cannot brush off with a “NO COMMENT”. It is imperative that you give a clear and unequivocal answer to Kirkland residents and explain exactly who or what is “THE ADMINISTRATION” that apparently has the power to overrule decisions of the elected Mayor and Council of the Town of Kirkland.
I look forward to your reply.
10 Henri Daoust
Kirkland, QC H9J 2C5