Poor judg­ment over salary

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I wish also to voice my dis­ap­point­ment at the lack of vi­sion in the re­dis­tri­bu­tion of the late Mr Her­lihy’s salary.

I dis­miss the ex­pla­na­tion and judg­ment in this case as very, very poor, when many other op­tions ex­isted.

Now, how­ever, whilst the coun­cil feast on this salary, they may like to con­tinue the think­ing well out­side the square and come up with a cun­ning plan, free of ratepay­ers monies to re­pay the ‘‘RAL $380,000-plus costs’’ for break­ing the law!

The break­ing of com­mer­cial ten­der laws has noth­ing to do with ratepay­ers and coun­cil must re­coup this penalty pay­ment from those re­spon­si­ble.

Has the coun­cil (got) in­surance (for) such cir­cum­stances? If not, I sug­gest de-mo­tions, salary and perk re­duc­tions and the like un­til such funds are found, in di­rect con­trast to what they have de­cided to do with Mr Her­lihy’s salary.

What mea­sures (has) the coun­cil has taken a) to rep­ri­mand the of­fend­ers and b) to avoid a re­oc­cur­rence of this type.

I re­quest the mayor re­ply in kind. G Ed­meades

Pu­taruru. in­for­ma­tion that I would be away for sev­eral months?

I will take an­nual leave from my job at the Achieve­ment Trust as I do ev­ery year from Christ­mas Eve to Jan­uary 31.

Coun­cil closes from our last meet­ing on De­cem­ber 13 till Jan­uary 24.

We are paid salary re­gard­less of time off, which I was not in favour of.

Let me tell you how I try and save costs in coun­cil, I don’t eat lunch there – I buy/ bring my own.

I don’t sip the wine out the back af­ter coun­cil meet­ings, I go home and drink my own and I don’t at­tend Christ­mas din­ners and so­cial get-to­geth­ers.

As to miss­ing meet­ings, we are en­ti­tled to leave of ab­sence.

So, my ‘‘emo­tional out­burst’’ came from the heart and was not a ‘‘sanc­ti­mo­nious clap-trap’’ as you put it.

Let me as­sure you I don’t have to im­press ratepay­ers to vote for me, my rep­u­ta­tion and worth speaks for it­self. Cr Lyn Cor­ban

Toko­roa the Ara­puni Bowl­ing Club, plus rain water out­let from the re­cently in­stalled car park caus­ing ero­sion and flood­ing to land be­hind re­cently in­stalled toi­lets.

Within a few days of coun­cil­lor Lee’s visit con­trac­tors started to re­pair the foot­paths, the trees over­grow­ing Pioneer Cres were re­moved, and now there has been much work to com­bat the flood­ing prob­lem be­hind the bowl­ing club.

Thank you Cr Lee for your much ap­pre­ci­ated ef­fort. B Stevens and J Glendin­ning.

Ara­puni in­volved with Oh Scrooge – well done.

My night out was a lot more en­joy­able than sit­ting in front of the tele­vi­sion.

To those that missed the show – what a shame. J Bishop Pu­taruru

We all know that the SWDC has had a bad run lately, why don’t they use this re­mu­ner­a­tion to whack back some of their ac­crued debt?

Or give it to a lo­cal char­ity in the name of the late Mr Her­lihy and fam­ily? Or even a por­tion to the late Mr Her­lihy’s fam­ily to help with funeral costs etc?

How about the seat­ing at the brand, spank­ing new Sports and Events Cen­tre in the Her­lihy Fam­ily name? I’m sure he would be proud of that?

What­ever the case is, surely the coun­cil could come up with some­thing bet­ter than to split it amongst them­selves?

I ap­plaud Mrs Cor­ban for her stance and I know a lot more peo­ple in the com­mu­nity also are sup­port­ing her in this.

Not one per­son I asked about this par­tic­u­lar story could fathom ac­cept­ing this de­ci­sion. Most were hor­ri­fied, oth­ers were an­gry. T Nu­manga


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