Roppel upset that report regarding Bruce Telecom sale held over to Aug. 13
By Liz Dadson

Kincardine council

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Kincardine councillor Randy Roppel wants to know why a closed-door investigation report, regarding the sale of Bruce Telecom, was not addressed at the Kincardine council meeting Wednesday night (Aug. 6).

During general announcements at the end of the meeting, Roppel said all of council has received an E-mail about the report, and the final report is no different than the draft report, except one recommendation was taken out.

"I want to know where the final copy is," he said. "We all need a copy. The public has a right to know what's there, and the legal aspect of this. I was hoping it would be made public tonight."

"It is on the agenda for next week (Aug. 13)," said deputy mayor Anne Eadie who was chairing the meeting in the absence of the mayor.

"I don't accept that," said Roppel. "We should let the public know what's in that report. We should not hide that report."

"We're not hiding anything, Randy (Roppel)," said Eadie.

The issue will come forward at the Aug. 13 meeting.

Thursday, when asked, via E-mail, about the report and the timing of its release, chief administrative officer Murray Clarke said that at this point, the report remains an in-camera matter.

The plan is to release it at the Aug. 13 council meeting, because staff needed time to analyze the report and obtain the views of the municipal solicitor which will all be available at the Aug. 13 meeting, said Clarke.

Kincardine council announced Jan. 22 that it had sold Bruce Telecom to Eastlink for $26.5-million. The sale was expected to be final within 60-90 days.


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