Richmond City Coun. Carol Day apologized at Monday’s council meeting after suggesting a fellow councillor’s husband got “preferential treatment” in a development application.
A proposed large industrial development in east Richmond whose applicant, Terry McPhail, is the husband of Coun. Linda McPhail, was on the table at the council meeting for first reading.
(Coun. McPhail recused herself from the meeting during the discussion.)
Day was critical of the project on Graybar Road, highlighting tree issues and the potential loss of marine businesses, but when she pointed her criticism to the developer’s “connections to the city,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie called her remarks “inappropriate” and told her to retract her statements. …
“I would call upon Councillor Day to remove or retract those remarks,” Brodie said.
When Day tried to explain herself, Brodie said he didn’t want her to “go into more details.”
“You have impuned the motivation of our city staff and the applicant and, now, maybe you didn’t communicate it the way you meant it,” Brodie added.
“If that was taken the wrong way, I apologize Mayor Brodie,” Day replied. “I would like to say, this is a very complicated project and there are so many pieces of it that I’m uncomfortable with.”
Day went on to say she wanted to refer the proposal back to city staff, saying she’d like something more inline with what currently exists, especially maintaining the marine businesses.
Brodie, however, cut her off again and said he wasn’t looking for “another speech,” adding if she wanted to make a referral, it could be done “in due course.” …