by Ian Adams Wasaga Sun
A Wasaga Beach councillor will continue his tenure as chair of the conservation authority.
At its Aug. 23 meeting, the board of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority decided not to ask for George Watson’s resignation, even though his municipality had expressed the viewpoint — as part of the regional review process — that conservation authorities should be dissolved and those duties handed off to the county level of government.
The question of Watson continuing as chair was raised at the NVCA’s June board meeting by the citizens group AWARE Simcoe, and those concerns were echoed by some members of the board during that meeting.
In a letter dated July 15, in response to a letter from Watson regarding comments made about his chairmanship at the board’s June meeting, vice-chair Keith White — speaking on behalf of the board — stated the resignation was requested due to “(the board’s) loss of confidence in your ability to appropriately chair the organization.
“As you can appreciate, your support of (Wasaga Beach’s) recommendation to dissolve the NVCA puts the board into a very difficult situation,” White wrote. “In short, your support of Wasaga’s position raised serious concerns as to whether you can discharge your duties as chair in a fair and impartial manner.”