Pelham's mayor responds to debt allegations from former councillor

Pelham's mayor says his hands are tied when it comes to allegations from a former councillor.

Last week Ward 1 Councillor Marvin Junkin resigned his seat, saying Pelham Town Council was going down a path he viewed as 'increasingly unethical and dishonest.'

Junkin then spoke with Voice of Pelham and claimed that during an in camera meeting council was told of an additional $17 million in debt that does not appear on the books.

Mayor Dave Augustyn told CKTB he'd like to address the claims, but is unable to do so.

"He made many allegations in the local newspaper and I very, very much look forward to correcting the inaccuracies as soon as I'm legally able to do so. The questions in the matter relate to something that is subject to solicitor-client  privilege but it also is subject to personal matters about identifiable individuals."

When asked what he could say, Augustyn said the latest statements are a matter of public record.

"I can confirm that the audited financial statements and the statements at the region are all correct. So our audited financial statements at the end of 2016 are correct, they have been audited, they are public and council reviewed those. Since then there has been additional debt that has been taken at the region and that was in relation to the community centre. And according to that we are at $31.9 million of debt."

To further address the allegations, Augustyn has called a special meeting of council for Wednesday, November 29th. During that meeting council will be receiving the KPMG external audit and the new treasurer will speak about the financial plan moving forward.

Another meeting on November 15th will look at the breach of confidentiality.