New Clarke’s Beach council receives first broadside
If you want a great story, come to Clarke’s Beach and have a look at our roads.
Yes, it’s winter. We have had a lot of snow. That being said, there was a time when we had lots of snow in the past, and dealt with it with only a single piece of equipment and a pickup with a guy with a shovel in the back giving the sand and salt mix a fling as it went along.
Today we have a new backhoe, a dump truck with a sander and plough attached, and what have we got? A bed of ice on all our streets.
If a large vehicle such as a fire truck had to get in some roads they would be hard-pressed. No fire hydrants are shovelled out. Shame. I spoke to a councillor. His main beef was that there was no committee in place to look after public works. I say to him, read the Act and get one in place.
There is more to it then turning off the lights in the town hall. This is what you were elected to do.
If we don’t need committees, then why elect seven councillors. Maybe we could save a heap of dollars.
I don’t want to come down hard on any council. I’ve been there. It’s not easy in winter to keep everything perfect. We don’t expect that, but we do deserve the best effort our tax dollars can afford.
I know we can do better if things are managed better. We can have our coffers full but it’s of little comfort to our taxpayers that depend on the roads being open and safe for people to walk or drive a vehicle.
Our winter maintenance program leaves a lot to ponder. You can’t wait for the rain to start to open ditches.
— Frank Evely Sr. writes from Clarke’s Beach