This article is for clarification purposes, as I received a request for more details behind yesterday’s historical vote by the AVICC. In my haste to bring the good news forward (#BecauseIts2016), I realized that I was making the assumption that all people read all the posts on SPN, all the time. Almost, but no cigar, Britt!
Yesterday’s article was all about Mayor Maja Tait’s role as Director on the CRD Board.
Before the elected mayor went on maternity leave, she was the Director for Sooke on the CRD board. Rick Kasper was the Alternate. The Alternate’s role is to attend when the Director can’t make it. Kasper had from July (when notice was given of the impending mat leave) to clear his calendar for four meetings starting December. All was as it should be.
Shortly after Mayor Tait left on Mat leave, all of the Sooke Council who were present unanimously elected Kasper as the interim Director, and Bev Berger as the new interim Alternate. That the appointment was temporary was clearly documented in the Council Meeting’s video and minutes.
Upon Tait’s return, it is alleged that the role of CRD Director would not be returned to her.
Each Director earns up to $17k per year.
My take, from my editorial published on Thursday: First, since it was they were interim appointments, they should have ended on the elected Mayor’s return. Second, an interim appointment wasn’t even necessary, because stepping in for temporary absences is what the alternate is SUPPOSED to do. Third, the Director role belonged to Mayor Tait before she left. According to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, an employee’s job should be on their return as it was when they left.
And now, with yesterday’s unanimously passed motion at the Conference this weekend, hopefully it will be returned to her.
I hope that, along with the information provided below, this clears up any unclear understandings! I apologize for any “clear as mud” misunderstandings that may have resulted from my earlier article.
Previous SPN articles on the matter
- What do you get with a room full of politicians discussing parental leave? Unanimous consent digging us out of the dark ages. #BecauseIts2016
- Upcoming council meeting may be a lively one
- Editorial: Sooke Council appointed temporary CRD Director and Alternate
- Video of the Nov 30, 2015 council meeting, set to start at exactly this issue
- Approved minutes of the November 30, 2015 meeting
Reader concerns heading into today’s Council Meeting (April 11, 7pm), taken from the Comments section in Upcoming council meeting may be a lively one.
- “Very illuminating legwork, Britt. Thanks, indeed. It looks to me as tho the control of who may make public presentations to council is now in the hands of the duo of the CAO and CO rather than in the hands of the elected council and the CAO as it was previously. And the fact that the decisions of the CAO and CO to deny a presentation may only be overturned by a UNANIMOUS decision by council strikes me as a card-stacking mock offering. Also, the 12 month waiting period between public presentations on the same topic by a member of the public seems a tad unclear. Does this mean that a different member of the public may make a presentation on the same topic within those 12 months? I think I will attend the April 11th meeting. Better get there early, eh wot?”
- “Overruling the CAO should need ONLY a majority of votes, not a unanimous consensus. As written, all it takes is one council member to continuously side with the CAO to deny appeals of completely arbitrary denials. That’s wrong.”
- “But But.. when our fire service equipment falls below the level set out by the underwriters insurance for the District, we become liable and every home in Sooke will see a rise in insurance and some residences will become uninsurable. What is Councils plan to keep our equipment up to standard? They will be liable for suits from every home that has fire damage.”
- “We need to cut the Fire Departments budget back after recently announcing to borrow a bunch of money and raising taxes 5% a year because how else are we going to pay for the huge salaries of the CAO and CO and other administrators? Afterall, the Fire Department only benefits those who actually live in Sooke, not those government employees who live outside and commute into Sooke.”
If you get there before me, save me a seat!