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LETTER: Summerland council should run like a business

Real estate, roads and recreation should be priorities

Dear Editor:

So let me get this straight. Five current council members were part of the previous council that voted for a pay raise with benefits.

Now the current Summerland council just voted to cut the number of council meetings down, cut out citizen involvement, and give more decision-making to unproductive departments like the building services department, which will only delay things further.

The decision by Summerland council is an affront to democracy and getting things done. They should run it like a business, meaning streamlining or staff changes.

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Maybe fewer reports and more action by staff and council. Maybe focus on the three R’s — real estate, roads and recreation — not things the council should not focus on. Suppose that doesn’t work, then perhaps staff changes.

Dear Summerland council, please do your job and streamline the process and make improvements for the betterment of the taxpayers, not just the staff. You owe it to the people who pay your increased salary and benefits. If the staff has too much, then consider why and improve it. Don’t exacerbate the problem by eliminating meetings. So what’s next, monthly or bimonthly meetings?

Do what is right and make the changes needed to improve what goes on in Summerland. Just because you have a monopoly on approvals and dictates doesn’t mean you should drag things out for as long as possible. How about making it easier to do business in Summerland instead of making it worse every time someone or some business tries to do something?

1. Look at processes. (Old work proverb “work fills the time allowed” and this new change will only hurt businesses and taxpayers)

2. Figure out how to streamline. Cut out things that don’t belong on council agendas.

3. Return council meetings to the previous schedule or do like other municipalities in the province do: Committee of the whole first and third Mondays of the month and council meetings second and fourth Mondays of the month

The taxpayers don’t work for the staff or council. Stop treating us so badly and do your job.

Ron Kubek

Summerland

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