City Hall needs efficiency study

Dear Editor:

According to the Downtown Penticton Association schedule Slide the City was scheduled to be here Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2nd. Last I heard they sold 1,300 tickets and closed up shop after one day.

So what happened to all these waterslide supporters? There were lots of tourists here for Canada Day and 33,000 locals; maybe 10,000 kids. Watersliders didn’t show enough support to even keep the waterslide open for the scheduled two days. Yet council continues with its waterslide development plan.

Does this make sense to you?

The city is hiring an engagement officer because not enough people turn out to the city’s show and tell events. According to the mayor 50 to 100 or 200 doesn’t give council an adequate sample of how the public feels about any project. He cited 1,000 people as a useful sample size.

Yet when 1,000 turned up in protest at City Hall against the waterslide project in Skaha Lake Park he signed the agreement with Trio.

Does this make sense to you?

Once when I was requesting information from the corporate officer I was turned over to her assistant to fulfill my request. Yet according to Jake Kimberley the new engagement officer would be a second assistant to the corporate officer. Unless the former assistant has moved on then the engagement officer is the third person assigned to that department. Then we have the communications officer which ostensibly makes four people assigned to fulfill the duties of this department. If each department increased at a ratio of 4 to 1, city payroll would soon number in the tens of thousands.

Does this make sense to you?

As I said before we need an efficiency study at City Hall. An efficiency study would recognize the hard work and efficiency of those whose work goes largely unrecognized. It would also highlight the slackers and those that take advantage of other employees to lighten their load. It would highlight time-consuming make-work projects. An efficiency study is an opportunity to recognize and reward those that deserve it: Recognition of abilities that likely have remained off the radar screen of the CAO. This is what leads to future advancement to those that have proved they have what it takes. It also cuts the fat.

Does this make sense to you?

Elvena Slump

Penticton