Youth councillors didn’t fail
Well done to the youth councillors who took the initiative to defend themselves against Mayor Sinclair’s comments in the South Waikato News. I am a mother of one of the youth councillors and can also add comments to what has been said.
My son received three letters from the council regarding his role as a youth councillor. The first (after multiple calls because there had been no feedback for more than a month) was to congratulate him on his successful application to be a youth councillor. The next, to let him know of their first meeting and the last was from the mayor saying if he did not show up to a meeting, it would indicate that he isn’t interested in being a youth councillor.
The council should be humiliated by cutting costs to such an important group and then approving thousands of dollars to be spent on trying to kill a dog.
What has this council come to? Where do its priorities lie when it comes to our future?
The youth needed direction and a sense of purpose. They needed to be guided and told what their responsibilities were.
Yes, money may have helped with organising strategies and initiatives but it wasn’t the priority.
My son applied to be a youth councillor so he could try to make a difference in this community for kids, not spend ratepayer money on insignificant projects or finger-food at a meeting.
These poor kids, they take the initiative to be involved in their community, to be a part of something positive, to show other kids that adults do have faith in their abilities to become leaders and that adults can entrust them with higher responsibilities but are now condemned for being a part of yet another failed project of this council.
I tend to believe that the mayor was trying to take the focus off the dreadful jobs that he and his councillors are doing as ratepayer representatives.
Shame on you councillors, making our kids feel like they failed when it was you who failed them.
Don’t you dare show up at youth events and say you care about them.
It is not too late to change this. A Matekohi
Tokoroa community with real needs where that money could be better spent but our council is having a grand time wasting our money by overspending its budgets and fighting over dogs. I’ll be fuming if the dog case reaches $100k and the roads are still not fixed. R Erutoe Tokoroa next day the contractor would be back to complete the job. Had I not done this someone in the council would be signing off payment for work claimed to have been done. This would be tantamount to fraud. The mayor advised me that the council has one contractor who is used for all their general maintenance work.
Finally, if anyone feels there is implied criticism of the mayor in my comments, that certainly isn’t my intention. I’ve found him to be enthusiastic about the district, very concerned about potential changes we face through possible amalgamation, willing to listen to ratepayer concerns, while being loyal and supportive to council staff. Very human and hence fallible. F Lawton Tokoroa expense. Stop being thoughtless and heartless. Stop wasting more ratepayers’ money and let Jimbo go, council. M Scott Tokoroa