Taxpayer appalled by township’s error
The Editor, Re: ‘Oops! $500,000 estimate error on salt dome,’ 2017;
Am I the only one who thinks that “Oops!” is not a strong enough expression for the estimate error on the new salt dome?
Maybe I am just used to smaller numbers so that a budget price of $200,000 tripling to an actual price of $720,000 shocks me more than it seems to concern (South Glengarry infrastructure services manager) Ewen MacDonald.
Whether he was “advised, possibly misinformed or misunderstood,” surely, as the professional here, he would realize that you can't get a gazebo built for $20 per square foot, let alone a brand new salt dome.
I realize that the facility must be built but agree with the idea of scaling it down somewhat. I see no need to stockpile for a whole Winter when, in the past, getting salt in periodically has worked.
As a taxpayer in South Glengarry I am appalled that such mistakes can happen, and yes, I realize that everyone can make mistakes, but not to this magnitude. One thing is sure, I will not be asking Mr. MacDonald to be pricing up anything for me, in a hurry!
Marion Newman, South Glengarry