Councillor, ratepayer boss fuel argy-bargy
By Rachel Scollay
Pam Brayley is fuming after what she calls a verbal 'stoush' with Councillor Robert Mustow at the close of the Casino Ratepayers and Residents Association meeting on Wednesday night.
In response to Mrs Brayley's comments on 88.9FM yesterday morning, Cr Mustow said he had been misunderstood.
"I know she said I came across as abrupt but I think she might have taken me the wrong way," the Richmond Valley councillor said.
Mrs Brayley, who is the president of the residents association, said she was frustrated after Cr Mustow informed her she had used the wrong wording in a letter asking the council to revisit its decision to hike sewerage charges from $418 to $700.
Mrs Brayley said she now had to resubmit the letter but it was probably too late for next Tues- day's council meeting.
The letter requests a rescission motion against the residential sewerage charge increases and suggests a phasing-in period.
"We're not asking for it go back to $418," she said.
"We accept that the rates have got to go up. We're simply asking that it go down to $574 or $600 to give some breathing space."
Cr Mustow said he had told her it could not be a rescission motion and the only way to get it on the council business papers was through the general manager or a notice of motion put forward by a councillor.
"She asked me why I didn't do that?" he said.
"I was one of the seven councillors that voted for that original $700 charge. So why would I?"
Mrs Brayley said she was frustrated nobody from the council let her know the wording was wrong, to allow her to resubmit the letter in time for Tuesday's meeting.