Monday, December 23, 2013

Comments and legacies

Recent comment from a previous post: 

"Judging from snow removal,(or lack there of) I don't think this council will be making all the changes they led people to believe. This is understandable though, because it is one thing to talk at a ratepayer's meeting and another to follow through when given the chance as a councillor. I understand this council voted on wheather or not to go ahead with the entrance signs and the outcome was for. I don't want to start rumours, so Dean, please let us know if that was the case."

Now my thoughts:

Comment-Snow removal as been a problem and I agree it does need to be improved. 

Legacy-We as a council had no input into the budget we are presently operating with, or the hiring process over the last three years, while we have an ample force on the administrative side we are obviously lacking on the public works side. 

Comment-Making all the changes we led people to believe, we have barely got our feet wet, give us chance we have gone through orientations, we have found a new CAO and as I stated already we have not even began the budget process. 

Legacy-There are many we have horrible labor relations, a lot of bylaws and procedures that need to be reviewed the work as only just begun, changes will happen.

Comment-Council voted on weather or not to go ahead with the entrance signs, no this was not true this council voted only on the location of the signs. Previous council made those decisions a long time ago to proceed with the signs, personally I really dislike the logo and think it was an absolute waste of money and if commitments had not been made by the previous council/administration I would have cancelled them in an heart beat. 

Legacy-We were put in a position where tenders had been let out (prior to the election) big dollars had been paid out, the signs were in the process of being built. For the last twelve months all I heard was the previous Mayor talk about the legacy issues his council was left to deal with, I guess we could do the same. Cancelling these signs at this point would have put us in the position of wasting the taxpayers dollars that had already been paid out. Plus leaving a contractor in a position that had accepted a tender to do the work with a couple of signs that I don't think anybody else would have took of their hands. 

How do you cancel a tender (legal agreement with somebody to do work) that has been given out, a substantial part paid for and the work almost completed.
Stuff like that makes lawyers very wealthy.

Hopefully I answered the comment and look forward to further questions.  



Anonymous said...

Too many I would do this, I would do that. Everything is decided as a group, not "I", "I'.

Crowsnest Pass Home said...

This blog is about my opinion "I" do not for a second pretend that I speak for anybody but myself.
These are my thoughts, sometimes other people agree and sometimes they do not.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but this is driving me nuts.


(not weather, or wheather)

Anonymous said...

6:21 :
This is a refreshing change from the last council where everything was discussed and decided in secret back room meetings and all we got was the opinions of "Council" or "we" (that seemed to include Administration and consultants, it was never clear).

Remember when the hotel deal fell through there was an anon press release on the website telling us the views of "Council", even though there had not been a Council meeting in the interim?

I think we elect councillors to represent us according to their best understanding of what is good for CNP. If they disagree with they direction of the majority they should speak out publicly so we know where they stand.

Gallant hypocritically voted against the budget, claiming he had argued against some of the spending. If he had gone public with those concerns at the time he would have had some credibility.