Councilman Ron Paul

Open letter to Mayor and Council City of Quesnel, BC

Jul
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***Editor's Note: The following Open Letter to the Mayor and Council of Quesnel first appeared on the local FB group Quesnel In Action on July 21st, the same day that Mayor Simpson had the Quesnel Gold Pan City sign removed from its old location at the start of the Barkerville Hwy and Hwy 97 North. The Author of this letter Debra Cann McKelvie administers Quesnel In Action.

Preface to the Letter from Quesnel In Action: Do not comment unless you read the entire report. Yes, It's extensive. It shows that the relocation of the gold pan was kept from the public and not voted on by Council until Oct. of 2019. At that time, a committee of local folks opposed to the relocation was formed to get a petition started which has since been hand delivered in early May to Mayor and Council. The report given by the City Manager on June 23, 2020 is the main focus of the report, however we have taken it several steps further to show you, the public, the actual minutes and relevant reports on the issue of relocating the gold pan. Judge for yourselves. Thank you for taking the time to get through this and PM me if you have any questions as I will not be fielding questions here.
 

July 21, 2020

Open letter to Mayor and Council City of Quesnel

Re: City Manager’s “fact check” on relocation of gold pan - June 23, 2020

By

Debra Cann McKelvie


Video: https://youtu.be/KUhNHAz9Bas?t=4785

Last fall, after it was first made public that the City had voted at a meeting to relocate the gold pan to the rail yard, I requested all the information through FOI regarding the relocation of the gold pan over the past three years. Mainly, in view of Mayor Simpson asserting that the gold pan was simply a marketing “gimmick” from the 80's and the matter of relocating the gold pan had been settled two - three years, or perhaps two years previously by Council, and therefore was a done deal.

I am confused, as will you be, at the report given by our City Manager at the Council meeting on June 23, 2020 unless there are two sets of minutes, one for the City and one for the public.

It is interesting to note that at the Council meeting just prior to June 23, 2020, the City Manager was given license in a policy resolution to oversee and reprimand the Council members. To my knowledge this should not be the mandate of any City Manager as politics and the operations of running the City are to be kept strictly separate.

Quite frankly, I was shocked at the footage I watched of the June 23, 2020 Council meeting as I certainly had NOT discovered the same information as the City Manager. I thought it best to have another serious examination of the materials sent to me and to do some careful research of my own. Not only was our senior member of Council completely shut down by our Mayor because he questions and sometimes opposes the status quo, he was not given anywhere near his 15 minutes to defend the allegations against him. What did Ron Paull want to say?

https://youtu.be/KUhNHAz9Bas?t=4785

From what I have seen and not heard from our Council members through reaching out personally (with respect to the relocation of the gold pan) to all of our Council members via email and hand delivering a 600+ name petition is puzzling. The silence from our elected officials, other than the Mayor, with respect to the matter is doubly puzzling. I can only come to the conclusion that the bullying and intimidation by the Mayor of our Council members is out of hand and must be addressed.

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