Democ­racy and maths eludes lo­cal gov­ern­ment

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

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

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