Council totally inept
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.