Let­ter to the Ed­i­tor

The Victoria Standard - - Commentary -

Ac­count­abil­ity to the Pub­lic

Dear Ed­i­tor:

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..

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