Showdown over no-shows at Cornwall council

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Deputy Mayor Corey Frizzell, left, and Mayor Barney Fullerton in this file photo

The mood was less than festive at Cornwall town council Wednesday as accusations flew that Councillor Parker Beer isn't contributing much time or dedication to his public service.

Councillor Corey Frizzell suddenly raised the issue at the end of the regular monthly council meeting, saying that Beer, a member of the town's finance committee, hasn't been seen at a meeting for ages.

“I would like to remind Councillor Beer that he is a member of that committee,” said Frizzell. “I think he has attended one or two committee meetings since 2010.

“It has come to my attention that Councillor Beer has attended nine meetings in 2011,” said Frizzell. “That equals out to about $500 per meeting.”

Frizzell said that he and other councillors can attend upwards of 16 meetings per month, more than 100 per year which is part of being an elected member of the council.

“I understand that Councillor Beer is a truck driver,” said Frizzell. “He's on the road quite a bit but I would encourage him to attend as many meetings as he can when he is in Cornwall.”

“This fella, and you, hold the meetings when I'm not here,” said Beer in response, nodding towards Mayor Barney Fullerton.

“Councillor Beer knows that is untrue,” said Frizzell.

After the meeting Frizzell contacted The Guardian with data showing that Beer attended just one finance committee meeting all this year and just seven of 14 public council meetings.

“Councillor Beer attended eight meetings (of 26) in 2012,” said Frizzell. “I think that is unacceptable. He's attended meetings and got up and left. The level of dedication that Councillor Beer is showing towards council is really unacceptable.

“There is little that council, or even the Mayor can do to improve attendance,” said Frizzell.

 

Organizations: Cornwall town council

Geographic location: Cornwall

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  • BearPaw
    December 24, 2012 - 00:35

    Cornwall Taxpayer, FYI, the Cornwall Town Council meetings are open to the public, there is no charge to attend, you could go, then form your own opinion.....just sayin'.

  • BearPaw
    December 21, 2012 - 11:13

    Resident, just wondering how many council meetings you have attended in Cornwall? Councillors Hunt and Beer and maybe another one or two at the most are the only councillors that take anything other than sports & recreation seriously and believe me there are some very serious issues that have not yet made it to the media.I have attended many council meetings in many different towns, I have never heard a Mayor and a Deputy Mayor snicker at fellow councillors or ignore the issues the way Mayor Fullerton and Deputy Mayor Frizzell do. I think before you start singing praises it might be a good idea to learn the lyrics.

    • Cornwall Taxpayer
      December 22, 2012 - 12:51

      Bearpaw, what issues are the mayor and deputy mayor ignoring?

  • Resident
    December 21, 2012 - 09:19

    Really Marlene, Should everyone on the council work around Mr Beers working Schedule? I do believe most of the ones on the board work. Maybe he could submit his schedule and everyone could work around it! Here's and idea. Maybe Mr. Beers should not have run for council if he could not commit to attending the meetings. In my opinion there are too many councilperson for the size of the town. Let' s save some money and headache by electing at least 2 less next election. I spoke with Ms Beers after the last election and she told me that Parker did not canvas one house he just put his name in and that was it, elected. This is disgraceful and he should be kicked off the boards and prevented from running again. I think Mr. Firzzell and Mr. Fullerton truly have the best interests of the people in the town. Making the right decisions do not always make a person popular.

  • Marlene hunt
    December 20, 2012 - 16:29

    It is to bad the reporter did not ask Mr. Beer about this. The Mayor holds meetings when Councillor Beer is away working although Mr. Beer has requested meetings are held on a different day. Also, the Chair of his Committee does not ask Mr. Beer when would be the best time for the meeting? Shame , Bullies are alive and well on Town Council!

    • Cornwall Taxpayer
      December 21, 2012 - 08:04

      Counillor Hunt, How many monthly meetings do you attend?

  • Mel
    December 20, 2012 - 13:37

    Pretty simple solution. Get some guts and change the bylaws so they get paid only if they attend. That is the way most part time jobs work.

  • Donnie
    December 20, 2012 - 08:55

    Better check the Town bylaws, if he misses too many consecutive meetings, he could be off council in some municipalities.....

  • gerry
    December 20, 2012 - 07:30

    $500 "per" meeting; and they can attend more that 100 per year? Is this statement accurate? Can Cornwall afford this??

  • Cornwall Resident
    December 20, 2012 - 06:55

    Parker Beer works for a living. Unlike some people on Cornwall Council, he isn't trying to make a council position a full time career option. This is petty and typical of small minded councillors.

    • cornwall resident two
      December 20, 2012 - 09:54

      Well said seriously not to mention the reality that they are likely scheduling meetings when he is away.

    • geronimo
      December 20, 2012 - 13:21

      I would find it very hard to believe that anyone working as a councillor or mayor of any of PEI's small 2-bit municipalities would be in it for the money - it works out to pennies an hour for the amount of work that you put into it (if you're dedicated). And even if you aren't dedicated, a few thousand in compensation does not a salary make.

  • alfredd
    December 20, 2012 - 06:18

    Why WOULD THE MAYOR, SINCE THERE IS NOTHING HE CAN DO ABOUT IT ANYWAY, NOT JUST LET THE VOTERS DECIDE IF THEY FEEL WELL ENOUGH REPRESENTED OR NOT, WHEN ELECTION TIME COMES AROUND--- THIS MAYOR SEEMS TO CREATE FRICTION RATHER THAN CONCILIATION.

  • Proper Representation
    December 20, 2012 - 06:15

    It's not the level of dedication that Mr. Beer is showing towards the council that is the problem, but rather his level of dedication to his constituents. Mr. Beer may be bringing forth the concerns or proposals of the constituents of his riding to his fellow councilors outside of meetings but it is at council meetings where are votes are taken and decisions are made. I understand people are busy and people have to earn a living; but if Mr. Beer does not have the time to attend meetings he should step aside and let someone who has the time represent the constituents of the riding.