Coun­cil to­tally in­ept

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

How can we be­lieve in this sys­tem of lo­cal dis­trict coun­cil gov­er­nance that has (not for the first time) proven to­tally in­ept to such a de­gree that Alice in Won­der­land would have found it un­be­liev­able. There are some who be­lieve per­sons like my­self are un­fairly crit­i­cal of the coun­cil. I ask those peo­ple who else is sup­posed be run­ning this ship? Those of us who un­der­stand, re­alise that coun­cil­lors can­not know about ev­ery nut and bolt, but they are sup­posed to em­ploy com­pe­tent peo­ple, in var­i­ous fields of ex­per­tise, that do. How­ever what is a worry, is that we have a mayor who has been in (that po­si­tion) since, I be­lieve, 2004, ad­mit­ting he does not know if his coun­cil­lors fully un­der­stand how the con­tract let­ting sys­tem works. Surely as leader of the “team” he should know?

It does not take a ge­nius to work out that ba­sic things were com­pletely hashed up again in the let­ting of the waste­water treat­ment plant up­grade con­tracts. The bud­get was put to­gether be­fore the de­sign of the ma­chin­ery for the up­grade was com­plete. In sim­ple terms we are de­sign­ing a car we don’t know the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of or what it looks like but it will cost $xxxxxxx. Now we will buy the car be­fore we agree on a con­tract price. Yeah right, but that is what hap­pened!

If Roger Fisher can pass off a 42 per cent plus in­crease in cost on the orig­i­nal es­ti­mate as “It was just an un­der­es­ti­mate” then I sug­gest he just look for an­other po­si­tion else­where.

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