Integrity commissioner presents report at Brockton council meeting

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BROCKTON – It’s a busy time for Brockton, reflected in a full agenda at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

In an interview prior to the meeting, Mayor Chris Peabody spoke of a number of positive things happening, including additional land sales in East Ridge Business Park.

However, some of the meeting agenda items were more contentious.

One highly divisive issue was the report by Harold Elston, integrity commissioner on an incident that occurred on Aug. 24, 2021.

An anonymous complainant reported that Coun. James Lang had contravened the municipal code of conduct “by aggressively pressing Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak to answer questions about a dispute between one of the airport’s pilots and the Saugeen Municipal Airport.” Gieruszak chairs the airport commission.

The allegation was that Lang’s behaviour “did not represent the level of decorum expected of members of council.”

Elston’s finding was that “Councillor Lang spoke in a disrespectful and disparaging manner to Deputy Mayor Gieruszak.”

Elston’s report noted the complainant is not Gieruszak, nor is the person a member of Brockton council or the airport commission.

The report recommended that Lang be reprimanded.

Also on the meeting’s agenda was the situation with the BIA, resulting from four recent resignations of board members. Peabody noted that downtown Walkerton has just come through a very difficult time. “COVID was very damaging,” he said. The mayor added that he preferred to have a BIA, and should it be dissolved, it would not come back.

The outcome of discussions was not known as of press time.

And then there’s the Walker West booster pumping station. “The builder and residents are getting frustrated,” said the mayor. There’s been a delay of another month with the booster station project due to supply chain issues involving computer components.

Peabody said prior to the April 26 council meeting that he hopes a plan for a temporary solution to the problem goes through – two cisterns that would be filled weekly with town water. Once the booster station is functioning, the cisterns would be removed for use at other construction sites. Peabody said five homes are affected. “I’m hopeful we can get something going on that,” Peabody said.

One item on the meeting’s agenda is sure to be of interest to adult recreational hockey players. That’s the report on recreation league dressing room conduct – primarily involving enforcement of the municipal alcohol policy on a “zero-tolerance” basis.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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