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Finance department staffing situation discussed in-camera

by Patrick Raftis

MAPLETON - Discussion of matters pertaining to the township’s understaffed finance department were among numerous topics covered during an in-camera session at the conclusion of the April 11 council meeting.

Mapleton has been without a permanent deputy treasurer since former deputy-treasurer Theresa Armstrong resigned on Oct. 28.

On Feb. 6 the township appointed John Cummings as deputy treasurer on an interim basis.

At a township budget open house on Feb. 15, Mayor Neil Driscoll explained a job offer had been made but the applicant “backed out” and the township was re-interviewing for the position.

At the same meeting, Driscoll told the Community News the director of finance Yufang Du was “off sick.”

The agenda for the April 11 in-camera session lists seven reasons for going in camera, including three under the heading of “Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.”

One of the personal matters listed was “deputy treasurer job description review” and another was “director of finance.” The third reason was not specifically identified.

In an April 14 email response to a request for an update on the finance department staffing situation, Mapleton CAO Brad McRoberts stated there was “nothing to report out” from the closed session.

“With respect to the discussions regarding the finance department, the township has no comment at this time,” McRoberts stated.

Three property-related matters were also dealt with in-camera at the meeting:

- sale of, disposition of, township property - transfer of lands to County of Wellington;

- sale of, disposition of, township property - request to purchase township lands; and

- enforcement of easement rights – Bedell Drive.

Council also dealt with minutes from a Feb. 21 closed session of council during the April 11 session.

April 21, 2017


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