And this, from Deputy Mayor Ches Ash …

The Compass - - OPINION -

I wish to pro­vide my per­sonal re­sponse to the let­ter to the ed­i­tor by Ross Ry­der, as pub­lished in the Oct. 2 edition of The Com­pass.

I com­mend Mr. Ry­der for his in­ter­est in the spend­ing prac­tices of the town and his in­ter­est in see­ing the town’s tax dol­lars spent wisely. Mr. Ry­der states at the be­gin­ning of his let­ter to the ed­i­tor, “This group (the mem­bers of coun­cil) has no re­gard to spend­ing our tax dol­lars wisely as is ev­i­dent by their spend­ing prac­tices in the past.”

In my opin­ion this com­ment is in­ac­cu­rate and un­founded. I am, there­fore, pro­vid­ing a de­tailed re­sponse to his let­ter.

Salaries

He ref­er­ences the salaries of the town ad­min­is­tra­tor, the town clerk, and the di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and works, stat­ing that their salaries are high com­pared to or­di­nary work­ers. I think most of us if not all of us con­sider our­selves as or­di­nary peo­ple, liv­ing or­di­nary lives and do­ing or­di­nary work. Whether we are po­lice of­fi­cers, labour­ers, store clerks, teach­ers, equip­ment op­er­a­tors, con­struc­tion work­ers, of­fice man­agers or nurses, our salaries are de­ter­mined es­sen­tially by the skill train­ing, ed­u­ca­tional back­ground and ex­pe­ri­ence we have ac­quired and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with our em­ploy­ment po­si­tion.

Re­search will show that the salaries paid by the town for these po­si­tions are rea­son­able and are com­pa­ra­ble to salaries paid by other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of sim­i­lar size.

Coun­cil Re­mu­ner­a­tion

Re­mu­ner­a­tion is in ac­cor­dance with the guide­lines of the Depart­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs. Ac­tu­ally, it is some­what less than al­lowed. The Town of Car­bon­ear uses ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 per cent for coun­cil re­mu­ner­a­tion and re­im­burse­ment. Con­sid­er­ing the time and com­mit­ment re­quired to ful­fill the du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of be­ing a mem­ber of coun­cil, the cost for re­mu­ner­a­tion for Car­bon­ear is quite rea­son­able.

New Logo

Mem­bers of coun­cil, early in our term, rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of pro­mot­ing and mar­ket­ing our town. What was de­vel­oped was a pack­age deal of pro­mo­tional and mar­ket­ing ma­te­rial as well as rec­om­men­da­tions as to how to best mar­ket the town. The logo was but part of a very im­por­tant pack­age for the Town of Car­bon­ear.

Pro­mo­tional dis­play boards for the town us­ing lo­cal res­i­dents for the pho­tog­ra­phy shoots, in­for­ma­tional lit­er­a­ture, community pro­file book­lets, etc. were also part of this project. Though the ex­pen­di­tures were one time, the in­for­ma­tion and ma­te­rial pro­vided will be used on a con­tin­u­ing ba­sis for the next few years.

We live in a very com­pet­i­tive so­ci­ety, es­pe­cially with re­gards to de­vel­op­ment and the at­trac­tion of busi­nesses to our town. It is cru­cial that as a coun­cil we do our part in pro­mot­ing and mar­ket­ing the town and that we use pro­fes­sional de­signed ma­te­rial in do­ing so.

Over the next few years, there is the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant busi­ness and res­i­den­tial growth for this town. I don’t know for cer­tain if that will hap­pen but I do know that this cur­rent coun­cil is to­tally com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing and mar­ket­ing our town. Any money spent in this re­gard is money spent wisely.

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