Deputy mayor responds to Ross Ryder’s criticisms
Editor’s note: the following letter was first published online at www.bncompass.ca on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I am writing in response to Mr. Ross Ryder’s letter “Term in Review” of the present Carbonear town council, which was published online at www.cbncompass.ca on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Mr. Ryder states the town has spent the tax dollars of our town citizens unwisely. I take exception to that statement and wish to point out my reasons for doing so.
During our term, this council has made significant improvements to our network of town roads. We have completed street upgrading for Park Avenue, Butt’s Avenue, Earle’s Lane, Valleyview Heights and Crowdy Street.
Water, sewer and street upgrades for London Road continue, and water, sewer and street upgrades for Lemarchant Street Phase I have been completed.
We have used our tax rebate and general road maintenance funds to carry out limited repairs and resurfacing on the following roads: Patrick Street, Water Street East, Earlson Heights, Kerry Lane, Oates Lane, Joe Taylor’s Lane, Newfoundland Drive, Tyre’s Drung, Cross Roads, Industrial Crescent, Southside Lower Road, Garland’s Road, Rocky Lane, Jackie Boyd’s Hill, Powell Drive, Adelaide Street, Forest Road and Hayden Heights. Contracts have been called for a number of other streets to be done this fall.
Also, we have completed major repairs and improvements to our recreational facilities and purchased a new aerial truck for our fire department.
There are still numerous roads needing major upgrades or resurfacing and we need to continue to maintain our recreational facilities, develop and improve our playgrounds and to invest in our fire department.
True, salary costs of our office staff have increased, but only in accordance with negotiated increased for our unionized workers.
Our administrative salaries are indeed comparable, and in some cases lower, than those paid by other towns of similar size. And our office staff has increased by one fulltime permanent employee.
We did not simply develop a new logo. Rather, we developed an overall marketing strategy and a comprehensive information and promotional package.
I have had the opportunity to share this promotional material with some groups and individuals and have received very positive responses to the quality and effectiveness of the material.
We believe professionally designed material and information packages are critical to promoting our town and attract potential developers.
Furthermore, we have to go to the developers when opportunities present themselves. It is not particularly effective to simply wait for them to come to us. This was our primary reason for attending the Toronto Trade Show and actively participating in a number of information sessions.
We have not spent money unwisely or in a nonsensical matter. Rather, we have spent in a responsible manner and demonstrated transparent fiscal management.
I too would encourage all citizens to vote and also to keep expressing their own personal opinions.