Under the article about who filed for the Cary Village Board, Council candidate Tim Ritter made the following comment:
I look forward to running and bringing to light the issues that the current board faces.
Having the entire Cary Village board run by the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce might not be the best of ideas as the Chamber would have the power to pass any legislation they want.
With the conduct of the Mayor and others from the Chamber, I question if their motives will truly benefit the citizens of Cary instead of their own personal agendas.
With three shady dealings to date this year alone involving the Mayor and Trustee McAlpine, can we really afford to have more backroom deals and shady behind the scene actions take place?
I do not really count on them anymore to do what is right for the people of Cary like they are supposed to as elected representatives.
I prefer an open public government system.
Something only a few current of our officials care about.
Let’s not go in the wrong direction this April.
In another email, Ritter explained the “backroom deals” about which he complained:
1. First instance was the $60,000 donation tried to accept without letting anyone know who the individuals were. All we had to go on was “his word” that the individuals were on the up and up. Not only did he try to deny knowledge of donations to our government he did not even allow our duly elected officials know where this money was coming from? As I said during that process, I am sure the individuals donating the money were harmless and had the best of intentions, it is no excuse to accept random large sums of money without any knowledge of how it was acquired. If a bank does not accept giant cash donations without knowing who is making the deposit then why would our elected officials.2. The Mayor or Village Administrator spent nearly $5,000 ($4,800 I believe) of our taxpayer money without having the board vote on how those funds were used. They used these funds on outside legal fees looking into the charges of a particular board member. Amounts that large are only allowed to be spent by the Mayor or Village Administrator for very specific reasons given in the codes for the Village. Most of these codes are related to emergency situations where immediate or short action is needed. Not only did he spend the money without it passing a board vote, it took several months of behind the door meetings before someone leaked the situation to a news outlet. Hiding the spending of that much money as you look into a fellow elected official should not be something that is hidden for several months.3. The third point is based on the Maplewood property. Several times a building has shown interest building a large complex on the site only to be turned down my certain board members. Trustee [Ellen]McAlpine and Mayor [Mark] Kownick are strong supporters of that property. After being turned down by the board for his designs, he has once again purchased the maplewood property with “provisional” requirements this late summer. While I can not prove that the mayor agreed to these terms the likely case when it was purchased late summer was that developer hold onto the property until the future election to which new members more positive to his position can be placed on the board. Sure enough a 3 member group for “unity in Cary” highly supported by the mayor are running together. The mayor and a majority of this group represent the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce which is supportive of the commercial opportunities that such a property would bring. Making dark alley deals with an out of town developed you agree with to build a large residential complex while neglecting the will of the affected citizens does not seem the type of behavior one should be taking part in. If this unity group are allowed to win this Spring a majority of the board will be members of the Chamber of Commerce, representing a conflict on interest putting the needs of the community ahead of the needs of what is good for Cary. All in an effort to increase the tax revenues at the expense of many other issues. There are other ways to create growth and revenues without poor development of a property for short term financial gains.I hope that I clarified my earlier comments for you. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. The types of people that align themselves in this type of behavior should not be supported. There is no reason to hide your views or plans as a public official unless hiding it benefits your personal cause.