Mission Coun. Ken Herar says it’s time to move forward and work together as a council. / File Photo

Herar, council moving forward after brief dispute

Mission councillor says ‘holding grudges will only be disruptive to council business’

It appears that the feud between Coun. Ken Herar and Coun. Cal Crawford is over and forgotten.

Two weeks ago, Herar asked council to reopen the municipal budget to reduce the 4.39 per cent tax increase in light of COVID-19’s impact on citizens. He also offered to take a five per cent pay cut.

The rest of council did not support his idea, and Crawford said he was “a little surprised at Coun. Herar’s grandstanding.”

It was a comment that Herar took offence to.

After the meeting, Herar demanded a public apology from Crawford and Mayor Pam Alexis, and said he would not return to council until the apology was made.

READ: Herar demands public apology

But things have changed.

On Tuesday, Herar released an official statement.

“Mayor Alexis and Coun. Crawford and myself had a meeting last week and I cannot discuss the specifics of our conversation, but what I can say is that I’m satisfied of our resolution on moving forward,” Herar said in a written statement sent to The Mission Record.

“We all put the interest of the community first and holding grudges will only be disruptive to council business and to other members on council. Balancing our political roles and our long-term friendships with each other can be challenging during debate and there comes a time to put it to rest for the betterment of everyone involved.

“We’re all trying to do what’s best of our community and we must not lose sight of that service respectfully. We’re almost halfway through our term and I look forward to working with Mayor Alexis and Coun. Crawford during the remainder of our time together.”

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