Who is advising the mayor?

Dear Editor:

I can’t for the life of me understand why the mayor and city council, and Trio Marine Group (whoever they are) have not come forward and announced that the plan to build waterslides in Skaha Lake Park has been cancelled.

It has been obvious for months to anyone with an ounce of common sense that this is a dead issue and should be put to rest ASAP. The only reason to continue with this charade is to avoid a lawsuit from the other party to the agreement, while the mayor and council continue to build up ill will from, and be vilified by Penticton residents for their unpopular stance on this issue.

I understand that the mayor, when introduced at the Young Stars Hockey tournament, was soundly booed by some of the fans indicating major discontent with his performance to date.

The obstacles to getting this project through the courts and commence construction are immense and the risk/reward from proceeding with this unwanted amenity is all weighted to the risk side.

Who would proceed with or finance a project that will not be supported, frequented by or, in fact, possibly boycotted by the bulk of the intended users?

The cost to the city to clean up the mess left from a failed project would be enormous, and may not be able to be covered up similar to other recent fiascos such as the Eckhardt Avenue hockey dormitory, the electrical billing snafu with the Penticton Lakeside Resort, the casino relocation, and others.

If the mayor does, in fact, have advisors, he has been ill-advised to date, and he should dispense with them forthwith. Any chance for the mayor to succeed in a re-election attempt seems remote, but by resorting to more open and democratic governance for the balance of this council’s term, he may be able to leave office with a modicum of dignity.

The revolving door in the senior executive offices at City Hall, and the addition of unnecessary staffing (i.e. engagement officer) speak to the comic opera environment that exists there.

It would appear that chaos reigns supreme, and you need a scorecard to identify the players.

Claude Bergman

Penticton