Lantzville’s dysfunction isn’t in taxpayers’ best interests

Politicians seem to have lost sight of whose interests they are there to represent, that being the community at large.

To the Editor,

Re: Lantzville’s top bureaucrat quits after nine years, April 7.

It seems to me that personal vendettas between councillors and councillors, and staff and councillors, are taking precedence over the interests of their employers – the tax-paying residents of Lantzville. Politicians seem to have lost sight of whose interests they are there to represent, that being the community at large. If the CAO wishes to resign that is her prerogative and decision. It doesn’t need a newspaper article to air the grievances of some suddenly self-righteous councillors looking for political gain.

Carol HalliwellLantzville


To the Editor,

Re: Lantzville’s top bureaucrat quits after nine years, April 7.

In light of the recent memoradum from all five senior District of Lantzville management staff to council, citing public disrespect, ridicule, and criticism of their work, Mayor Colin Haime must resign.

Haime is responsible for the running of council meetings and sets the tone for the meetings. Haime is the member of council who most frequently liases with staff, who should be available to hear concerns and act on them – he obviously hasn’t done this or we wouldn’t have gotten to our present situation.

There has been a complete and total breakdown in district operations, and council has been unable to get a budget passed.

Haime is asking for specific examples of the behavior cited. These employees have put their concerns to paper, signed their names, and sent the letter to council, where it becomes part of the public record. Is this not enough to convince one that wrong has been done?

Lantzville is fast developing a bad reputation. How are we going to entice excellent staff to our community if this is how they can expect to be treated? We must demonstrate that we are addressing the problem – and that demonstration begins with the resignation of the mayor.

Karen MostadLantzville


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