Letter to the Editor
Accountability to the Public
The Victoria Standard is to be congratulated for recent, timely articles on the Baddeck Village Commission and the search for a new CAO for Victoria County. The articles by Carolyn Barber and Anne Farries point out that there is a need for better transparency as to the mechanics of how the Village Commission operates and the process to be followed in choosing a new CAO for the county.
The Baddeck Village Commission is responsible for the administration and planning of Baddeck's water supply, sewage treatment plant, snow removal and a host of smaller responsibilities in terms of street repairs and village beautification. The recent election of a new Village Commissioner suggests changes are required with regards to the election process that will allow a greater openness to encourage more village residents to vote for individuals qualified to serve on the Village Commission.
Equally important, there needs to be a concerted effort to keep the rate payers of the Baddeck informed of the physical needs of the village and its administrative processes. The bottom line is that a better 'public relations strategy' must be adopted by the current Village Commission that encourages greater attendance at the Village's Annual General Meeting as well as better information regarding village business and future planning needs. A bi-annual 'Baddeck Village Commission Newsletter' distributed to Baddeck resident's post office boxes would be a good start!
As to the search for a new CAO for Victoria County, the current Municipal Council members should be open to suggestions from Victoria County tax payers as to specific attributes required of the future CAO given that it is taxpayers dollars that pay the CAO'S considerable salary.
Hiring a professional search firm is laudable, but no dollar costs have been stated regarding this engagement. County taxpayers have a right to know what this cost is to be!
It would behoove each municipal councilor to hold a meeting of his or hers constituents to ask their opinions regarding process for selecting the new CAO for Victoria County.
Henry Fuller Baddeck, N.S..