City council inconsistent with decision making

There seems to be no rhyme, reason nor continuous decision-making philosophy being followed at city hall.

To the Editor,

Re: Mayor talks trade during trip to China, Oct. 29.

There seems to be no rhyme, reason nor continuous decision-making philosophy being followed at city hall.

Council voted to throw away transparency, again, by going behind closed doors to discuss the mayor’s China trip. It was not an employment matter. It was not selecting a bidder for a city contract. It’s simply sending the mayor off with tax money. And those discussions should have taken place in front of the taxpayers who’ll be footing the bill.

Couple this with Coun. Wendy Pratt saying she’s “devastated” with the departures of two top city managers. But many people believe a fresh start in the management of the city is long overdue. And many taxpayers believe council should be looking for a city manager who has no ties whatsoever to the way things keep getting done, or not, here.

But council needs to get its house in order too, and research things beforehand. Know what it’s voting on. Make thorough, and more so, consistent decisions.

Council and senior staff need to consistently start watching the spending of our tax dollars. And they could have started impressing us with keeping the mayor at home.

Kevan ShawNanaimo

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