Carbonear council priorities questioned
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