In de­fence of the city

The Daily Observer - - OPINION -

I have a few thoughts re­gard­ing Paul Kelly`s opin­ion col­umn, “If you think in terms of pen­nies, you get pen­nies.” (June 23, 2017)

Be­ing as brief as I can, your Satur­day morn­ing park­ing ticket is ob­vi­ously a sore spot. You don`t want to hear the “…malarkey about en­force­ment, rev­enues or the law.” You have no time for it! The of­fi­cer was just do­ing his/her job. He/she also doesn’t have time to dis­cern who is who or what the cir­cum­stances are at a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem.

I might sug­gest as you al­luded to be­com­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tor for the City of Pem­broke in the fu­ture, you make time for en­force­ment, the law, and es­pe­cially rev­enues. Th­ese are very big parts of the job.

As for your sup­port of the busi­nesses in the down­town core, I ap­plaud your en­thu­si­asm, but I think that your method is mis­placed. Be­fore you reach into your own pocket for any­thing as a city of­fi­cial, be sure that you have read the “Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act” very care­fully. It is an in­ter­est­ing read.

You also cited, that as a city ad­min­is­tra­tor, you would set up a char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion for the erad­i­ca­tion of the park­ing me­ters in the down­town core. You would hire an ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor to raise money to achieve this re­sult as well as fi­nance “Free Park­ing ” in the down­town core. Why are you wait­ing un­til you be­come an elected of­fi­cial? Why can’t you start the ball rolling as a con­cerned city cit­i­zen?

Bet­ter yet, why don’t you take some time and see some­one at the Pem­broke Busi­ness Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (PBIA) and ask some ques­tions about your ideas? Pos­si­bly, you could of­fer some of your time to help get your ideas up and run­ning? Yet, you talk of hir­ing an­other ex­ec­u­tive and run­ning up an­other salary. (Ap­par­ently, you are up­set about that also.)

You also said that you have all of the cost­ing in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the “Wal­mart foun­tain?” That’s nice. To make a long story short, it was a “tax­payer out­cry” to­wards the last ad­min­is­tra­tion that de­manded that the “city foun­tain” at Coro­na­tion Park be­come op­er­a­tional. I ap­plaud the city’s ac­tion, at the time, the col­lec­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion dept. (wa­ter dept.), and the parks and recre­ation dept. for get­ting a dif­fi­cult task com­pleted, in the time that was al­lot­ted. You see, Mr. Kelly, you some­times have to fa­cil­i­tate the tax­payer, even when you per­son­ally don’t agree with the sub­ject mat­ter or try­ing to jus­tify cost­ing.

I agree with you that the skate­board park is a great ad­di­tion to the down­town, es­pe­cially when it is in use by skate­board­ers, scoot­ers and the oc­ca­sional wheeled of­fice chair or two. Read­ing your “one-sided” opin­ion from the gentle­man who put this project to­gether, say­ing that he would have thanked the city but the city didn’t do a damn thing for him, I have to dis­agree. The city has as­sumed the li­a­bil­ity for the park, as well as fur­nished two pic­nic ta­bles, and a garbage can, for its users’ use. Also, there were many is­sues be­hind the scenes, be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter its con­struc­tion, that would have pre­vented any other con­struc­tor/per­son from even be­gin­ning or fin­ish­ing this project.

If you pur­sue a po­si­tion on our great city’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, I would hope that you might ask ques­tions on both sides of an is­sue, be­fore you make a pub­lic opin­ion/state­ment de­mean­ing one side or the other.

Fred Jen­nings Pres­i­dent CUPE Lo­cal 24

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