Big thanks to students, supermarket
I would like to commend the students (in their brightly coloured shirts) and New World for the great service they provided customers just before Christmas – carrying bags and assisting customers; at such a stressful time for many the help these guys and gals provided I am sure was appreciated by many. Thanks to you all. C Griffin Tokoroa
To hang out so much dirty washing regarding Councillor Corban in the local paper when it should have been confined to the meeting minutes is disgusting in my view.
He also confuses fact and fiction with his open-door [and] open-phoneline policy.
Not six months ago I had occasion to contact the mayor over a small matter somewhat dear to my heart; a small historical standby electric generator that used to power the Putaruru Borough Council’s water pumps should normal supply be lost [late 1920s and 30s].
Four phone calls direct to the mayor (at least one call to his cellphone) during a two-week period culminated in a single phone message to me claiming he had received my message some five minutes before attempting to ring, which was paramount to saying his admin staff were useless, and directing me to a council staff member. So much for the ‘‘facts’’ in your open-door policy. boss.
Now at this time the word was out that the Council were/are/could be planning a civil defence emergency centre for Putaruru and this generator was way better than a historic relic of the past, a working model maybe?
I rang the said council employee only to be told that the council had a number of portable generators at Tokoroa that could be used in such a civil defence emergency!
What with the roads out and bridges collapsed and Putaruru completely cut off. HELLO, is there anyone out there? I have better things to do with my time than wasting it phoning the council for goodness sake.
The redistribution of Cr Herlihy’s salary is a disgrace and extremely shortsighted by council in my view, no matter which way the mayor may try to justify it, I simply don’t care.
To attract and retain councillors of worth to such a heartless and thankless task is very difficult and monies should have been directed to that end.
The RAL fiasco – as Mr Lawton puts it – I’m pleased to be informed that measures have already been put in place to prevent a repeat, but this is but part of my request. Should the said re-trial not succeed, please don’t come back to the ratepayer and expect them to pay.
This is no mistake of ratepayers and I do not care that the amount of biting and yapping at the heals of council staff was done by the mayor on the day as suggested by Mr Lawton, and we all know now how expensive dog bites become to this council.
I repeat my request that all staff involved should pay by way of reduced perks and privileges if indeed they retain their job, until the said bill is paid. G Edmeades.
Putaruru she has to say.
It would seem, though, that she is present at less than 50 per cent of these meetings, so I may need to devise some sort of system to find out out if she is going to be attending.
If for one reason or another she is unable to attend more than half of these council meetings, she should resign as your correspondent, F Lawton, rightly suggests.
By not attending regularly, Cr Corban is not doing her job properly, she is not representing the ratepayers as she should, she is not earning that money she is paid and she is at best a part-time councillor.
D Blair Tokoroa