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Councillor's behaviour prompts Cupids' mayor to call in RCMP

Cupids Mayor Harold Akerman, left, and Coun. Mike Power had an interesting exchange during the July 19 council meeting.
Cupids Mayor Harold Akerman, left, and Coun. Mike Power had an interesting exchange during the July 19 council meeting.

CUPIDS, NL - Police were called to check in on the most recent Cupids council meeting.

Coun. Mike Power confirmed it was his statements during the July 19 meeting that compelled Mayor Harold Akerman to ask the town clerk to call the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment.

"I told him, 'No crime going on here,'" Power told The Compass.

He believes the mayor did not like the tone of his voice. Power was not entirely surprised by Akerman's decision.

"It just kept going. He told me he wanted me to leave the building, and I told him I want him to leave the town. Which one is going to happen first? I just told him I wasn't leaving the meeting. I told him, I don't care if you bring in the National Guard."

Power discussed two matters at the meeting that have troubled him. One involved his safety concerns about a residential home the town approved to be built on a parcel of land located on the Conception Bay Highway. He believes it's a dangerous location to join traffic from.

Among other concerns, Power felt council should have held a new vote on the development given project specifications have changed since it was initially approved.

"I thought it was going to go to a vote, you know," said Power. "They said this was already voted on, but from what I gather, when you go in with a plan and then you change the plans, then it should come back to the table again so we can check it out again."

Cupids resident Corey Connolly lives on Connolly's Road in a house just behind the property on the highway, which was on an incline and has already been filled in. He claims that due to the fill, surface water has drained into his well. Storm water also drains onto the road. At times, he's not able to use the water from his well due to contamination.

"My whole property floods out," said Connolly.

He's replaced his hot water boiler and pump since the problem first arose, and he also needs to fix the lining in his well. Connolly has written council about his issues multiple times and welcomed council members onto his property, but feels nothing will happen to help his situation.

Corey's father Kevin also serves on council. He was asked to leave the council chambers during the conversation about the highway property. Power questioned why this was even necessary if a vote wasn't taking place.

"He didn't need to leave the building," said Power.

Power was also upset about his treatment at the Cupids Pointe Beach Marina, where he has berthed for many years. Earlier this year, he permitted a friend to use his berth. That friend later told him his rights to use the berth were disputed, as he wasn't a member of the Cupids Boat Owners Association. Power himself was not a member and had berthed there years before the association was formed in 2010.

Reached by The Compass prior to deadline, Mayor Akerman declined to comment on the development and the discussion at Tuesday's council meeting.

Asked about council's ability to work together in light of conflicts like the one that came about July 19, Power said he believes the mayor wants everything to go his way.

"He's got the key to everything. There's nothing else here. He doesn't own the town."

He added there's a need for council members to meet and speak freely.

"Everything's got to go through council, as you know. In a town, there's nobody that's bigger than the council itself."

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Coun. Mike Power confirmed it was his statements during the July 19 meeting that compelled Mayor Harold Akerman to ask the town clerk to call the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment.

"I told him, 'No crime going on here,'" Power told The Compass.

He believes the mayor did not like the tone of his voice. Power was not entirely surprised by Akerman's decision.

"It just kept going. He told me he wanted me to leave the building, and I told him I want him to leave the town. Which one is going to happen first? I just told him I wasn't leaving the meeting. I told him, I don't care if you bring in the National Guard."

Power discussed two matters at the meeting that have troubled him. One involved his safety concerns about a residential home the town approved to be built on a parcel of land located on the Conception Bay Highway. He believes it's a dangerous location to join traffic from.

Among other concerns, Power felt council should have held a new vote on the development given project specifications have changed since it was initially approved.

"I thought it was going to go to a vote, you know," said Power. "They said this was already voted on, but from what I gather, when you go in with a plan and then you change the plans, then it should come back to the table again so we can check it out again."

Cupids resident Corey Connolly lives on Connolly's Road in a house just behind the property on the highway, which was on an incline and has already been filled in. He claims that due to the fill, surface water has drained into his well. Storm water also drains onto the road. At times, he's not able to use the water from his well due to contamination.

"My whole property floods out," said Connolly.

He's replaced his hot water boiler and pump since the problem first arose, and he also needs to fix the lining in his well. Connolly has written council about his issues multiple times and welcomed council members onto his property, but feels nothing will happen to help his situation.

Corey's father Kevin also serves on council. He was asked to leave the council chambers during the conversation about the highway property. Power questioned why this was even necessary if a vote wasn't taking place.

"He didn't need to leave the building," said Power.

Power was also upset about his treatment at the Cupids Pointe Beach Marina, where he has berthed for many years. Earlier this year, he permitted a friend to use his berth. That friend later told him his rights to use the berth were disputed, as he wasn't a member of the Cupids Boat Owners Association. Power himself was not a member and had berthed there years before the association was formed in 2010.

Reached by The Compass prior to deadline, Mayor Akerman declined to comment on the development and the discussion at Tuesday's council meeting.

Asked about council's ability to work together in light of conflicts like the one that came about July 19, Power said he believes the mayor wants everything to go his way.

"He's got the key to everything. There's nothing else here. He doesn't own the town."

He added there's a need for council members to meet and speak freely.

"Everything's got to go through council, as you know. In a town, there's nobody that's bigger than the council itself."

editor@cbncompass.ca

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