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Strife at service commission - Apr. 10, 2014

Kathy Bockus
Lawrence Station
The Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission may have lost a member.
Winston Gamblin, mayor of the Village of Harvey, told his fellow members Tuesday night he was going to investigate a transfer to the Regional Service Commission servicing the Fredericton area because he was tired of the bickering at this committee’s meetings.
“I can’t justify driving here and listening to this petty stuff all the time,” an angry Gamblin told the members around the table at the landfill headquarters at Hemlock Knoll where the meeting took place. “It’s just ridiculous. It’s a waste of time. I’m fed up with it.”
Gamblin said when members of his village council ask what happens at the service commission meetings, “I say, well, it’s complaining about the wrong word here or the right word here.”
Gamblin’s comments were in the wake of a three-and-a-half hour meeting full of discord, name-calling and angry outburst. It took an hour and a half just to pass the minutes of the group’s last meeting after two members called to task a third member on a procedural issue dealing with the legality of the commission’s bylaws. That third member, Saint Andrews Mayor Stan Choptiany, walked out of the meeting. Contacted for comment the next day, Choptiany said, “I’m not going to comment.”
Asked by co-chair Dan Dow whether something said to Dow at the last meeting was “fair,” Gamblin responded with annoyance that the meeting had been pretty well bickering all evening.
“First it’s north and south, then it’s McAdam and Harvey against Charlotte County, the mayors against the LSDs. That’s all it’s been ever since I’ve been here.
“There’s a hate on for the landfill, there’s a hate on for the executive director; they’re trying to ruin everything. It’s just ridiculous: I just don’t understand it.”