Cornwall council meeting hears of elephants in lemon pie

Nigel Armstrong
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Councillor Parker Beer leads council through twists of discussion that leaves mayor confused

Cornwall councillor Parker Beer lent confusion to the town's July council meeting, asking why council was picking on him, having no clue what he was voting on, and talking of elephants in lemon pie.

The strange twist of affairs began when council was in the process of dealing with three pieces of legislation allowing it to issue tickets.

First council changed the existing animal control bylaw to allow staff to issue tickets for that area of law. The changes required reading lengthy motions, back-to-back, on the exact same subject, with precise administrative language.

Beer appeared ready to vote against a third and final reading after voting in favour of the same motion moments before.

Then council moved to that next step in permitting the town to issue tickets.

"All those in favour," said Mayor Barney Fullerton.

"Is that property maintenance?" asked Beer.

No, he was told, that would come next.

Staff stepped forward to sort out the papers on his desk and remind him he voted in favour of the exact same motion during first reading one month ago.

"OK, good enough," said Beer, and voted in favour.

Then came the issue that Beer was really itching to address, a motion to allow tickets under the property maintenance bylaw.

"I think the town should clean up their own doorstep first," said Beer, appearing to get combative. "You won't do anything."

Mayor Barney Fullerton look strained.

"I'm kind of lost here," said Fullerton.

"Yah, I guess you would be," said Beer, going on to describe Beer's effort to get a property cleaned up, only to have the alleged offender granted a development permit.

Again staff stepped in to explain to Beer that the only thing council was doing was adding the right to issue tickets in these cases. The law remains the same.

"It's not targeting you," said Fullerton.

Beer then challenged the provision of this law that requires residents to get burning permits.

"Not too many people abuse the situation," said Beer. "Let sleeping dogs lie. Farmers shouldn't have to get a permit."

He then voted in support of the resolution.

Finally, from the same committee, came a report of police statistics for the first half of 2014. Traffic tickets  in Cornwall were down compared to the same period a year before.

Councillors debated if that was good news because of fewer speeders, or bad news because of less enforcement.

"It all boils down to this," said Beer, speaking of the police officers. "These fellows couldn't track an elephant through a lemon meringue pie."

It was too much for Deputy Mayor Corey Frizzell who turned aside in a vigorous effort to control laughing.

The meeting carried on, with effort, around them.

Organizations: Cornwall council

Geographic location: Cornwall

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Recent comments

  • Childish
    July 17, 2014 - 00:33

    A possible medical issue and instead of showing compassion, the wanna be Mayor Frizzel giggles like a child. Nice. Another reason not to vote for Frizzel.

    • lou lou annie
      July 17, 2014 - 08:02

      So tracking elephants through a meringue pie is not funny? You need to go find another reason to be bitter. If most of us heard that phrase and have not heard it before I am sure we would want to laugh too. He reacted like most of us would and you obviously have no sense of humor and just see this as a reason to bash Frizzell, maybe you need a hobby.

    • huh
      July 17, 2014 - 08:52

      wow. I know people love to blast elected officials, but your logic here is quite the stretch. So I can assume if you hear someone talk about elephants and pie you rush up and offer to call 911, do you? Sure you do.