Council’s legacy: it’s not pretty

Dear Editor:

“According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary “common sense” is the ability to use sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.

Dan Ashton’s letter of response to criticism by Coun. Tarik Sayeed in The Herald (Dec. 23) is a good example of common sense.

Breakdown of common sense:

•The Core Service Review purchased at taxpayer expense was trashed with the multiple hirings of executive level civil servants replacing those laid off in the review. (Hundreds of thousands of dollars in severance payouts and replacement wages)

•Signing a lease with Trio Marine despite clear contrary evidence that a referendum was needed.

•Failing to understand that money from Trio’s lease  to purchase new parkland cannot even begin to replace the irreplaceable.

•Suing firefighters after paying out their negotiated settlement.

•Unnecessary tax dollars on bollards on Martin Street that decreased parking spots and are frustrating to drivers. Plans for more bollards.

•Using public tax dollars defending SkahaPark lawsuit. Is this Council’s attempt to cow the public into obedience?

•Do they have a basic misunderstanding of their role in office?

Failing to understand that executive civil servants justify their high wages with the creation of grandiose rejuvenation plans; or ideas such as Economic Investment Zones. (EIZ) The role of council is to discriminate. According to former mayor Jake Kimberley $1-million has been exempted by EIZ to date. (Herald, Dec 23) And we still have years to go.

Merriam-Websiter defines “prioritize” as: the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions. I would add with the use of common sense.

Council is too lawsuit happy using other people’s money.

Failing to understand that city council was not elected for their: “I wants” but to prioritize use of our tax dollars and serve the best interests of the community.

Example: Claiming outdated infrastructure as a reason for needed tax increases while spending half a million on a light feature designed for use approximately 10 days or less a year.

I am against any increase in taxes; fees or licenses under the present council. Until Council redefines their ability to prioritize or use common sense, any excess funds are likely to be frittered away on ‘I wants’ and so-called self-serving legacies.

Sorry guys.

You already have your legacy. And it is not pretty.

Elvena Slump

Penticton