CORNWALL Ontario – Stephen Fournier, Closed Meeting Investigator for the City of Cornwall will be attending the Council meeting of Monday August 11 after council bumped discussing the report by a month.
His report of what occurred at a Waterfront committee meeting where Mayor Kilger and Councilor Glen Grant voted to illegally move in camera; even though quite clear; was deferred until he could be present.
At the time of the incident Mayor Kilger threw committee chair Lee Cassidy under the bus stating to other media that committee members need more education; but as can be seen in the video below the chair actually asked for advice with none emanating from Mayor Kilger, or councilors Grant or Carr who were present with Grant and the mayor voting to move in Camera.
Councilor Grant was the person that brought up going into closed session and seconded the illegal motion which was not the first time that he has been a part of illegal in camera sessions this term of office.
Councilor Grant also initiated an act at the same meeting to strike CFN as attending minutes from the previous minutes. Subsequent minutes have not reported media or other people in attendance since.
The meeting ended with police attending after chair Cassidy struck the CFN camera.
To watch the farce enfold watch the video below.
The waterfront committee still has not responded to how Trillium Distribution Cornwall Inc. was able to negotiate and install chem tanks on our waterfront with the mayor and councilor Grant as part of the committee nor have they asked the clear question publicly as to why the City knew of the plans as early as February 2013.
Mayor Kilger was caught lying about when he knew of the project at a Waterfront committee.
To date Mayor Kilger nor the any member of the committee or council have apologized for their clear violations at the meeting.
The Municipal Act sadly has no teeth in this matter. All Mr. Fournier can do is educate council and clarify that they in fact again broke the municipal act. The Ombudsman will be able to deal with some MUSH areas if the new bill is passed which would impact situations like this.
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