Opinion: City Chatter By Nobby Clark
I watch with interest as our council disintegrates into slanging matches, following the tense WasteNet tender vote and the disgraceful behaviour towards our elected Mayor.
A Councillor(s) approached the lawyer. Or the Chief Executive did likewise. Or, the lawyer took it upon himself to draw this to the Mayor’ attention. I think the latter is most unlikely.
Given the in house lobbying and dislike of the Mayor by some Councillors, it is unlikely that the lawyer did this without being requested to do so.
My view is that Mayor Sir Tim is being unfairly targeted by a ‘toxic group’ within council. I accept that the Mayor sometimes wanders in his chair of some meetings.
But just before the latest meeting, the ICC lawyer raised a possibility of the Mayor being conflicted over a minor promo issue. So, who got the lawyer involved ? For me there are only 3 scenarios.
So, for those Councillors who vehemently claim it was none of them, I would suggest that they approach the same ICC lawyer and require him to provide a statutory declaration that would clear up this dispute, abut who initiated the need to approach the Mayor.
From my observations, there is a witch hunt to discredit the Mayor and that is disrespectful to the Invercargill voters, who voted Tim as our Mayor at the last election and who will have the option to consider his performance as they vote again in October.
As the saying goes, those in glass houses should not throw stones. The behaviour of a number of our Councillors is well below par and quite disgraceful, but you don’t hear Tim previously bagging them in the media.
And finally, while the rates have been increased up to 3.5%, and several Councillors are now trying to distance themselves from this unpopular move, be mindful that when ICC borrows for the City Block development, that rate will increase by a further 1.25% up to 4.75%.
You all know my views on how council should deal to it’s current debt levels and expenditure and going automatically to the rate increases should not be the funding option.
Nobby Clarke intends standing for Invercargill City Council in October.
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