Democracy and maths eludes local government
I made a verbal submission to the council about the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.
A communication I received from the council included this statement: ‘‘The change to use pays has been prompted by the large proportion (48 per cent) of residents who have not wanted their bags delivered and the number of people who do not use all their bags and can manage their waste more economically.’’
If the council really believes that kind of unrelated and farcical reasoning then we should be worried because the council controls the financial wellbeing of our district.
We can accept that the Government is bringing in laws/ schemes and regulations that are going to cost councils and ultimately ratepayers more, so why not tell us those facts, instead of all the inventive stuff we are being served.
In the quote from the council, the figure of 48 per cent is less than half and the council sees fit to act on that yet chose not to act on the figure of 60 per cent plus, of those polled, against the South Waikato Sports Events Centre.
That does not sound like democratic local government to me. I would like to believe these are isolated incidents but I suspect they are not.
We, as ratepayers in this district, need to be vigilant.
We need to let our councillors know we do not like it when they do not carry out their duties for the benefit of our district. JC Simcock
Tokoroa. customer service in our Putaruru Jewellery shop.
By your letter, it appears that you were unsure of what you were wanting from this shop?
Perhaps the communication wasn’t clear from either party to start with.
Did A Samuel really go in for a professional service and not expect to be charged?
Then to be informed up front there is now a charge for using this service, startled?
Informing you of this charge first was better than charging you uninformed afterwards, at least you were given the option to use, or not use, this service.
Granted all of our retailers are in survival mode in this recession but any small job or service by a professional usually has to be paid for. I know that the fee charged for this small service is minimal and a small price for the specialist equipment and knowledge provided.
How rude to inform the retailer in their own shop that you were looking at buying online or out of town.
Of course they were unhappy, what did you expect?
If you didn’t like the range on show did you ask to see anything else?
Putaruru retailers do their best to provide all sorts of products and services for our small town and if you take the time to talk to them you will find that they can help you more than anyone out of town. A Thorpe Putaruru