LETTERS: Voting together at our expense

Editor:

Re: City maintains motion valid, July 31.

Editor:

Re: City maintains motion valid, July 31.

On more than one occasion I have seen White Rock Couns. Megan Knight, Grant Meyer, Lynne Sinclair and Bill Lawrence around town socializing.

This poses the question “is this ethical?”, as these get-togethers constitute a quorum of council and they could likely be discussing council business.

Furthermore, on watching council on TV last month, the mayor prompted Meyer to ‘move the motion’ and this action appeared to be pre-arranged (City takes a closer look at tower plans, July 29).

Next time I see the quorum of council – a.k.a. the coalition – socializing in a public place, I will have my camera at the ready. The coalition are only fooling themselves.

Margaret Pierpoint-Allen, Surrey

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Only in White Rock you say?

At the July 27 council meeting, it seems the cast and crew of the good ship “White Rock Coalition” messed up on the script they probably put together in one of their “in-camera” meetings.

Anyone who knows anything about live theatre knows that when a participant forgets their lines, they will get a cue – a prompt – so that they can carry on with the script.

Well, Coun. Grant Meyer forgot his line, and when the mayor give him his cue – by saying “Councillor Meyer, you had a motion?” – instead of following the script, he said he had already made the motion.

There was no motion made or seconded in this instance, but that didn’t stop the White Rock Coalition from voting on it.

As I said, it was in the script so does that make it legit?

(Editor’s note: The city clerk later told Peace Arch News that Meyer commenting he had made the motion constituted the tabling of it, and that Coun. Lynne Sinclair seconded.)

So what’s it all about? It’s all about selling out to the developers and friends of these coalition councillors as fast as they can.

They are intent on densifying our little town to the tune of 4,000 new units, not replacement units. Only 400 can go into the town centre, so the remaining 3,600 will go into the residential areas: for instance, a 15-storey, 134-unit tower for the corner of North Bluff and Nichol Road.

So the question is, can we believe the mayor when he says council will listen to the public before they make a decision on the many development permit applications sitting in the planning department? How can we, when they have made it very clear on their intent?

This play of our lives in White Rock is scripted, produced and directed by Mayor Wayne Baldwin, and Couns. Lynne Sinclair, Megan Knight, Bill Lawrence and Meyer are the bit players acting out the script.

But each and every one of them is responsible for how the play ends.

Margaret Woods, White Rock