Is She Really Serious?
Posted by auroracitizen on May 9, 2012
A reader writes … Once again I am baffled by Ms. Gaertner (I refuse to call her Councillor because of the manner in which she treated Mayor Dawe when he first took office – I am sure we all remember it took her a few weeks to stop calling him Mr. Dawe - and quite frankly I do not believe she deserves that seat she sits in).
Case in point, last night’s council meeting. Now I think most will agree that they watch those meetings solely for the comedic behaviour that Gaertner, Ballard and Gallo provide but I specifically think Gaertner takes the top prize of “class clown” (for many reasons actually).
However, I am not clear on the job descriptions, or the manner in which our councillors get paid so I am looking for someone to provide me clarification, and others opinions on the following point.
Last night there was a discussion regarding a meeting for council that some thought should be open to the public and some thought it should not be. Councillor Gaertner provided her input as to why she thought it should be open to the public but then stated if it were to be a closed session she would NOT be attending (good god this woman is ridiculous)!
Can someone please tell me why if she in employed by the town, to represent our community and its best interests, that she is “allowed” to not attend a work session? Do the taxpayers not pay her salary?
I know I am not well versed in how our councillors are compensated, but if I told my boss that I was not going to attend a work meeting because I was being a pissy little brat and wasn’t getting my way, I would have my walking papers immediately!!!! How does she, and where does she get the nerve to not participate in something that is part of her job???
Confusing…… but I am not surprised… Can someone please help me understand this?