“If it’s a coffee shop, a hair salon or another meeting … the talk is the Town of Marystown,” she said.
From a business point of view, it’s very disheartening to have so much infighting, Lewis said, referring to recent turmoil that involved a conflict of interest allegation against Mayor Sam Synard, as well as harassment claims involving several council members and employees.
“Our council needs to represent the town as a team and not as individuals,” she said. “It is a town council. The people of Marystown and the businesses community need to hear the town as one voice collectively.”
Lewis said a strong working relationship between the members of the town council, the business community and the people of the town is crucial to the success and growth of the area.
While disagreements can take place in any work environment, she said they have to be resolved in a timely and professional manner, not personal attacks.
“If the disagreement cannot be mutually worked out, then meet personally. Talk with each other, work through your disagreements, (and) deal with it internally by showing interest in each other’s positions in a positive way. Do less talking and more listening,” Lewis said.
Before council members start looking outside to see how they should resolve their issues, Lewis said they should review the town’s bylaws to see if they may hold the answers.
Council needs to get back to business, she said.
“We need a council that is functioning. There are just too many distractions now,” Lewis said.