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FURTHER UPDATE Wednesday May 1: Former mayor WILL address Springwater Council

In Council Watch
Apr 29th, 2019
Bill French

Bill French

FURTHER UPDATE : Yesterday (April 29) we reported that former Springwater mayor Bill French’s delegation to council regarding his four-year compliance audit – after earlier being approved – had been refused.

The problem: French’s proposed correction of an incomplete and misleading report CAO Robert Brindley made to council April 3 would be a “personnel matter,” and the township has a bylaw that prohibits delegations on personnel matters. French wrote in asking council to reconsider the refusal.

Today (April 30), French has been informed that his delegation has been approved. He is not to refer to the CAO by name or title. The Springwater Council meeting is live-streamed. Delegations start at 6:30 and French is second on the agenda. Later, under correspondence, council will consider a letter that the township requested from Kingston lawyer Tony Fleming, hired by the compliance audit committee to prosecute French on 10 charges. The charges were dropped April 17, 2018

French case materials

Horgan letter

Fleming letter

French compliance audit timeline

20 months of delay

Bill French at Springwater Township

From Justice for Bill French committee April 16 2019

Former Springwater mayor Bill French has asked Springwater Township for an opportunity to set the record straight on issues raised by Mayor Don Allen and CAO Robert Brindley in their update to council on April 3 2019 on Bill’s Compliance Audit matter.

He will address statements made regarding delays, costs, and the lack of options open to council with regard to compliance audit committee expenditures. This will mark the first time Bill has been able to talk to council about this matter since the complaint about his election expenses was launched in July 2015.

During his term as Mayor he recused himself from any discussion on the matter as required under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. We urge you to attend and show your support for Bill.

When and where: Wednesday May 1, 6:30 pm Springwater Administration Centre, 2231 Nursery Road, Midhurst.

Previous coverage:

All charges dropped against former Springwater mayor

Expensive, pointless and interminable

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