Ombudsman probes closed-door Hastings Drive decision

SIMCOE - Norfolk council is under investigation by the Ontario ombudsman for the third time since December, this time over an in-camera decision that reversed an earlier vote made in open session.An investigator from the ombudsman's office has been assigned the case and has conducted interviews, including with clerk Andy Grozelle and Mayor Charlie Luke.

A report from the ombudsman, possibly with recommendations, will come to council at a later date and will be made public. The issue arose after elected officials voted in May to consider two options for Hastings Drive in Long Point, a long narrow stretch of lakefront property that was heavily damaged in a storm in 1985 and is now designated hazard land.

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