MINUTES of the council's March meeting were ratified at the April meeting. Unfortunately the answers to my questions, recorded in the minutes, do not match what was said and by whom.
Here are the topics I raised during "questions
without notice" at the end of the March meeting, followed by the answer recorded and the actual answer given.
Mr Mayor, will you provide an update on what has happened at F Ward since the fire?
Answer recorded: The Mayor advised that Council has gone through the process and it is being demolished under the Work Place Standard regulations.
Actual answer: The mayor said the building had to be demolished. The general manager said an insurance assessment had been conducted and council insurance would cover the cost of the removal of debris from the site. It was becoming clear that re-use of the bricks may not be possible.
Mr Mayor, will our insurance cover anything other than the removal of debris from the site of F Ward?
Answer recorded: The Mayor advised that the removal of debris is covered under our insurance and the building is also insured. The amount will be a matter of negotiation with the insurers.
Actual answer: The general manager said substantial argument was likely over the value of the buildings.
Mr Mayor, was the F Ward foundation stone salvaged as requested?
Answer recorded: The Mayor advised that we will investigate the issue in regard to the foundation stone and if possible have it salvaged.
Actual answer: The general manager said he did not know and would find out.