Letters: Bi-polar behaviour in council

Hiring someone from outside the community irks letter writer

“Fiscal responsibility” is what we hear from finance chair Kasper and the rest of council, yet council passes a motion to give $3,600 to a club with no money to come up with a plan to build a bike park without any monies set aside in the budget for such an endeavor or any means from the bike club.

We hire a well-experienced CAO to manage staff affairs, and council hunts out another Approving Officer to come from Nanaimo twice a week on contract, (and removes the Approving Officer and Deputy Approving Officer titles from existing staff). The question is, how will an Approving Officer travelling from Nanaimo twice a week in any way improve land development application processing when we have capable staff already doing the job?

This is why we hired a professional CAO, to manage the staff for council. What made Kasper, Haldane, Berger and Pearson the experts in city management? Why bother with staff at all, if we have all the answers?

Puzzled in Sooke.

Ellen Lewers

Sooke