Editorial: Wishy washy doesn’t wash

District of Sooke council making too many hasty decisions

It’s been almost one year since our present council took their seats in chambers. If one had to write a report card on council as a whole, it would have to read, “Council is not doing their homework.”

Recently, council has had to do some fast back peddling, reversing decisions and rethinking what they voted on previously. There seems to be a problem in that they either don’t have the information they need before voting or they are being swayed by outside forces. Either way, council needs to show strong leadership and stick to their decisions but only after they follow proper procedures. They do not have to be so hasty in their decisions. They do not have to please everybody and they should not be pressured to please. Council should be dealing with their priorities, and some items are not so important that they need to rush into decisions which were not thought out.

Rescinding and tabling items might make them look a little foolish in some eyes and we all know council, whoever is on it, is open to criticism.

Perhaps once they get a strong CAO, with some knowledge, some of these procedural missteps and legal fees will vanish.

Council’s report card should also state that, “Council is working hard to complete their tasks.”

Council was left with many things to deal with from the last administration and it is a slow, tedious process to unravel what was left behind. There is more to come and hopefully it will not set the district back too much monetarily or legally. Cleaning up after the party is never any fun.

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