A clash between Councillors Maika (shown at left) and Archer (shown at right) that started at the Feb. 20 Regular Council meeting re-ignited with a vengeance at the Finance & Administration Committee meeting on Feb. 28. At the earlier meeting Mayor Love, in proposing Councillor Maika as a member of the Township’s negotiating committee concerning the future of the Railway Station, said,
If she is happy with it, then I know it is not going to be an issue at council.
Councillor Archer responded,
I would like to object because I don’t think we make decisions based on whether Councillor Maika is happy.
At Wednesday’s Finance & Administration Committee meeting during a discussion about a rental rebate at the Combermere Community Centre, the Mayor lost control of the meeting when the two councillors engaged in a shouting match which lasted for several minutes.
At one point Councillor Archer leaned forward and directed comments to the press in attendance saying,
And you know what? Last week I was at a meeting, and I hope you guys print this, I was at a Council meeting, the last meeting, and our Mayor said we have to keep Shelley happy.
Councillor Bromwich, in order to defuse the situation, proposed a five-minute break which was agreed to. After the break, the meeting proceeded in an orderly manner.