It was hard for people to contain their emotions Monday during debate on the proposal to construct a security fence on the harbourfront at the regular meeting of St. John’s City Council.
Mayor Dennis O’Keefe told spectators in the gallery, most of whom are against the project by the St. John’s Port Authority which is co-funded by the city, to be quiet or they would have to leave.
About an hour after debate on a motion by Coun. Sheilagh O’Leary the mayor had had enough. He called for the commissioner to remove the people from the gallery and adjourned the meeting.
As they were putting on their coats they were yelling “shame, shame,” and making statments about the fate of democracy.
O’Leary made the motion to rescind council’s decision of Sept. 4 to approve a 50 per cent contribution towards the cost to a maximum of $425,000 towards the construction of a new fence on Harbour Drive in partnership with the St. John’s Port Authority, and that city officials have equal input on the final design of the fence. Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff seconded the motion, but it was defeated 7-2.