This letter is in response to the recently published article, “Tensions run high surrounding CAO investigation.” As a citizen of this village for numerous years, I have seen many events transpire surrounding municipal operations, as well as day to day bureaucracy. That said, I have also seen many faces come and go from the spotlight of our Jewel of the Rideau. It is quite apparent that this quiet town has become a toxic environment for the staff that we employ to run it. Being in and out of the village office over the past few months, I have seen a change. Employees seem to be anxious, stressed and overburdened with additional responsibilities and duties that have fallen to them in the absence of numerous colleagues. If you mix in the ever-dwelling presence of the current investigation; wherein these compounded responsibilities are likely inhibited by lengthy interviews, then you have created a breeding ground for pessimism and, in turn, said rumour mill. With this in mind, it is important to remember that, despite what may be said and what information may be floating around in the village, only the parties involved in any situation know the veracity of what transpired. Regardless of any amount of concealment or wooing that may be undertaken, the truth is the truth.
I would just like to put forth an open thank you and show of support to the staff that have indeed persevered thus far through this difficult time in the village. It is apparent that, through the appointment and relief of an interim this and a temporary that, there is a core group of individuals who have weathered the storm and managed to keep the village’s head above water. A message to these few individuals, I applaud you. Don’t think for a second that what you have done has gone unnoticed. You are amazing people. It is my hope that, when the dust has settled, these individuals are not only recognized, but rewarded for the contributions and sacrifices that they have made to and for this Village.
R. C., Merrickville