Report highlights flaws in Corman Park decision making
A summary of a Meyers Norris Penny report looking at allegations surrounding the reeve and council of the Rural Municipality of Corman Park was released today.
The reeve says he still believes he didn't do anything wrong.
"I deny what they say," said Mel Henry, the current reeve of Corman Park, about allegations that he breached The Municipalities Act and the RM's Code of Ethics.
Henry called the report "flawed" and said, "It looks like it was done by amateurs."
He said breaches of the Code of Ethics are not uncommon.
"It allowed voice," he said.
Among the other conclusions of the report are an apparent lack of transparency in major decision making processes and a divided council where good governance practices are not followed and where bullying is a factor.
"The councillors are maybe a little loud, maybe a little forward, but they're here to do the business of the RM and they're doing the business of the RM."
The review also uncovered allegedly flawed harassment compliant investigations that results in significant legal and professional costs, including $17,444.42 paid by the rural municipality to the reeve's personal legal counsel as a result of the complaints.
"The council voted to pay those bills," Henry said.
The report provides four recommendations for how the reeve and council should move forward. Those include a comprehensive review of all council's policies and procedures and the creation of a five-year plan to improve governance.
Henry would not say whether those recommendations would be implemented or considered.
"Well, we're going to look at them."
A recommendation that was honoured was the release of the summary document to the public to ensure ratepayers have complete knowledge prior to the municipal election on Oct. 24.
The summary is available here.
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