Coun­cil re­gres­sion con­cern­ing

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I am writ­ing this let­ter to ex­pand on what G Ed­meades said in your pre­vi­ous edi­tion.

Re­gard­ing his ad­vice ‘‘that when you’re in a hole, stop dig­ging’’. This ap­plies to many of the bloop­ers com­mit­ted by our coun­cil in re­cent times.

I re­fer to gross over­spend­ing by the engi­neers, the use of Barry Her­lihy’s salary by them­selves, the mis­han­dling of the dog fi­asco and now pub­lic crit­i­cism of Cr Cor­ban, a mat­ter that should have been dis­cussed pri­vately ( if at all), and han­dled as a per­sonal is­sue and min­uted as such. I have re­cently re­turned to the district and find many as­pects of coun­cil ser­vice have re­gressed, cer­tainly com­mu­nity ser­vice.

In­stead of declar­ing an open sea­son on a coun­cil­lor, would coun­cil time and ratepay­ers’ money be bet­ter spent in re­build­ing ar­eas tforced to re­trench for lack of fund­ing?

When I was district li­brar­ian here, I was proud to be part of a pro­gres­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion and proud of the trans­par­ent gov­er­nance that pre­vailed. I doubt if I would be so proud now.

The an­swer ratepay­ers is sim­ple, make your votes count later in the year. R Pit­tams

Ti­rau the district so any re­duc­tion of coun­cil ser­vices af­fects them as well?

That should be made com­pul­sory for heads of de­part­ments as well.

It’s very easy to re­duce ser­vices when it does not af­fect you.

I would not be sur­prised if this coun­cil em­ploys a new chief ex­ec­u­tive from Aus­tralia, fly­ing in and out at our ex­pense.

To our mayor – I still have your last elec­tion poster for Ti­rau. Re­mem­ber what is printed on it? ‘‘Toi­lets for Ti­rau’’.

Where are they? Oh I for­got, you closed the pub­lic toi­lets at Fitzger­ald Glade down too, to save money.

Now that the Ti­rau Pub is closed the toi­let sit­u­a­tion on top of the hill in Ti­rau is des­per­ate.

I re­mem­ber in the South Waikato News you said that ‘‘we bor­rowed a mil­lion dol­lars for toi­lets in the district’’.

You seem to find money for pet projects but not for real com­mu­nity needs. Next coun­cil elec­tion can­not come soon enough. Maybe we would all be bet­ter served by pro­mot­ing Jimbo the dog for coun­cil. Maybe he has com­mon sense some­where. P Schulte

Ti­rau and South Waikato to make sure we are a com­mu­nity that can still make de­ci­sions for our­selves. There is a lot of talk­ing and work to be done this year and I pledge that I have not lost sight of this. Jenny Shat­tock

Deputy Mayor run in a more ef­fi­cient and busi­ness like man­ner. It can’t come soon enough. F Law­ton Toko­roa elec­tion. That is your right as a New Zealan­der.

Bet­ter still stand for of­fice. H Lodge Toko­roa

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