adidas hi tops Former mayor urges probe into lease scandal
PETROLIA A veteran politician and former mayor says he never seen residents here so distrustful about town hall council and bureaucrats and that a top to bottom investigation is needed.
Ross O was mayor of this Lambton County town for nine years starting in the late 1990s, then returned in 2014 as a councillor.
O doesn know if there are problems in local government that go beyond how former chief administrative officer Manny Baron, who resigned after an investigation into how he ended up owning two building leased to the town, including a building Baron bought from a local developer, then sold back soon after questions were raised, property records for 395 Fletcher St. show.
But if town hall wants to regain the confidence of residents, officials must call for a fulsome,
there nothing else wrong. I don know, O said Friday.
But the lease deals have created a flurry of questions that need to be answered to restore trust, he said.
The investigation should look at all politicians and not just one called on for Coun. Grant Purdy, who has clashed with Mayor John McCharles.
gain the respect of voters, I think we have to do something, he said.
While O and Purdy are calling for transparency, Baron has so far avoided the media,
his wife saying and slamming the door Friday when a reporter knocked.