Solve problems in a simple, practical way

A recent council meeting reminded me of a night council tried to give our water to EPCOR.

Editor:

The Tuesday, April 9, Williams Lake city council meeting reminded me of the night council did a presentation when former mayor Scott Nelson had forgotten what his job description was and tried to give our city water to EPCOR.

City council chambers were filled with upset Williams Lake residents.

Our present mayor and council have also forgotten their job description, in my opinion.

That wasted $40,000-plus should not have happened.

City residents pay large salaries, pensions and expense accounts, etc. for mayor and and council to look after the city’s best interests.

This is not happening.

Every time a decision is required of mayor and council they hire a consulting firm to waste city taxpayers’ money.

I have a better solution — save the pension money, salaries and expense account, fire the mayor and council, hire a consulting firm, as and when needed.

City administration could oversee day to day operation of city interests.

I am sure there are enough business men and women who could make up an advisory committee that would be better able to resolve local issues that would not involved going to court with our regional district over fire protection issues, etc.

They could also resolve our old Cariboo Lodge issue and reopen the facility as it used to be as a provincially-operated and affordable housing complex for seniors who did not make enough money to live in a private for-profit facility.

There are many more problems the present mayor and council are unable to deal with.

Wasting tax money on studies is what the present mayor and council do best.

Solving problems in a simple, practical way is not in their collective ability.

Peter Epp

Williams Lake

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