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It may have been that the council meeting had dragged on late into Monday night, or it may have been the subject that was being discussed, but by the end of the meeting polite discussion had left the room.
The issue at hand was Coun. Kathy Moore’s insistance that council follow through with the investigation into how the former building inspector was allowed to set contracts for his own company, essentially getting paid by the city while employed by them as well.
Moore stated at the end of the meeting how she was frustrated by the culture that had befallen council over the past years.
“I believe that council has been manipulated into being a very disfunctional group against our better nature,” Moore said. “We’ve been encouraged to unquestionably trust staff.”
She said that attitude has lead to some of the unfortunate results they are now seeing.
Moore also said she has been used as an example to other councillors on how not to behave, or risk being labelled a sort of troublemaker.
Coun. Cary Fisher then began a personal berating of Moore, which seemed to go around the table. He said that Moore kept bringing up the same problems, and was not being a “team player.”
Coun. Jill Spearn said that it was her Canadian upbringing that made her trust city staff, implying that Moore’s dual citizenship was a part of her troublemaking for council.
Coun. Jody Blomme said there was no campaign against Moore.
Moore’s point has been well founded from the information that has come out. Without her efforts this whole issue would likely never have seen the light of day.