Councillor ordered to pay up!
Posted 1 year ago
Thu, Apr 26th, '12 - 8:49 am
Personal use of a municipal cell phone was the big issue at a meeting of Centre Hastings council last night.
It was a short, but tense, meeting last night in Madoc.
The Centre Hastings Ratepayers Association had detailed breakdowns of council’s municipal cell phone bills from last year.
The records showed councillor Shelby Kramp-Neumann’s monthly bills getting as high as over 400 dollars a month.
Many of the calls were personal.
The Ratepayers wanted her to repay those costs.
Councillor Kramp-Neumann said she didn’t mean to take advantage of a weak cell phone policy, and that council approved the expenditures last year.
She added that she believed the Ratepayers were out to destroy her reputation.
In the end, council voted 4 to 1 to order Kramp-Neumann to pay the money back for those calls that were personal.
For her part, Kramp-Neumann said she’d be checking others’ expenses closely, and that these kinds of discussions weren’t over.