Car­bon­ear coun­cil pri­or­i­ties ques­tioned

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

In April of this year Car­bon­ear res­i­dents were in­vited to a spe­cial meet­ing in the coun­cil cham­bers with the coun­cil and Tract Con­sult­ing to dis­cuss ways to at­tract new res­i­dents and busi­ness to our town. We were told it cost a lot of tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars for this. We feel as cit­i­zens of Car­bon­ear the re­sults of this in­for­ma­tion should be shared with all.

The pool ren­o­va­tions and up­grade lasted a lot longer than ex­pected. They went over the es­ti­mated time by months and these re­pairs cost money. There were re­pairs that should have been done while the ma­jor work was go­ing on. Now that the pool is open the wheel­chair plat­form that was bro­ken be­fore the ren­o­va­tions now has to be re­paired, and also the div­ing board needs re­pairs.

At a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing one of the de­part­ments asked to pur­chase a new ve­hi­cle that costs money, and a new ve­hi­cle was pur­chased last year. Don’t you think the roads should be re­paired be­fore coun­cil in­vests in more new trucks? They would prob­a­bly last a lit­tle longer?

When we first moved here in 2009 there were four ladies work­ing at the town of­fice. Now they have hired two more of­fice work­ers, and at the last coun­cil meet­ing all town em­ploy­ees re­ceived a salary in­crease.

Has the town’s pop­u­la­tion grown that much? Since we have been here, we’ve heard re­quests for an emer­gency call num­ber, cen­tre lines painted on our roads and pot­holes fixed prop­erly.

The way I see it this is the coun­cil can spend our taxes any­way they want. Shouldn’t the gas tax re­bates be spent re­pair­ing our main roads? Those pot­hole re­pairs just don’t last and why is that?

I feel more Car­bon­ear res­i­dents should at­tend coun­cil meet­ings so they can re­ally see how this town is be­ing run. Coun­cil meet­ings are held the first and third Mon­day of the month at 7:30 p.m. Debra Brad­bury

Car­bon­ear

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