Muskoka Lakes CAO’s departure opportunity to test One Muskoka
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
The year prior to municipal elections has long been known as the “Silly Season.”
The time when staff looks for other opportunities and political decisions may seem to be focused on election results.
Nowhere is this example more evident today than the Township of Muskoka Lakes.
Senior staff has left and a group of councillors have declared themselves ready to form a group for the next council. They seem to believe that we will get better decisions if we have our own gang of four.
Instead of seeing what is happening as a negative this could be looked at as a golden opportunity for the township and its politicians. That could happen if they decided to use the next six months to try and create some real changes.
The District of Muskoka could be asked to provide services for these management positions and there is a window where joint services could be purchased and tried. The window would last until after the next election when it could be reassessed.
(It would be a test case for One Muskoka government.)
MuskokaLakes is a perfect municipality to try this.
First of all, the district treasurer has experience in MuskokaLakes and knows the job and the personnel. The clerk in MuskokaLakes knows more about MuskokaLakes than anyone they could possibly hire and thus could be of great assistance to the district CAO as he provides leadership.
A window of opportunity exists, an opportunity for the politicians to show that they are thinking beyond November.
It will be interesting to see whether any of the councillors see this or whether they will continue to tell us that if we just keep doing the same thing again we will get different results. We have heard that explained as the description for insanity.
We continue to hope for more even in the silly season.
Adele Fairfield, Walker’s Point
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