Letter: Open questions relate to spending

I am greatly concerned with the rising cost of municipal government, writes Frank Triveri.

As a ratepayer I am greatly concerned with the rising cost of municipal government. Therefore, I have a number of “open” questions for city council to answer in regard to municipal spending:

A $200,000 severance was paid out to our CAO who was dismissed and then rehired. Why has there been no effort to mitigate the CAO’s losses for the period of time he was “unemployed” and a request made for the balance to be returned to the city coffers, thus eliminating the perception of double dipping?

The amount of $175,000 is the announced estimated cost to remediate a gravel pit. Why was the gravel pit “over-excavated” to the point that it compromised a fence and power lines? Where was the oversight to ensure safe operation of the pit? Why is the estimated cost announced prior to seeking tender? Will there be any tenders lower than the established baseline of $175,000?

Under whose direction was Urban Systems hired to the tune of $5,000 -$7,000 to outline options for completing water meter installations? Do we really need to pay thousands of dollars for “experts” to state the obvious?

Council allocated $20,000 to hire extra staff to comply with FOI requests. Was there any consideration given to the temporary reallocation of existing staff to do this work? Was there absolutely nothing that could be temporarily put on hold? Was it really necessary to hire extra staff when City Hall is full of employees?

Since council has embarked on a costly initiative, the disqualification of a councilor, how much will this add to our tax burden?

Frank Triveri, Grand Forks


Just Posted

Alleged drunk driver survives Saturday Kettle River crash

The car, once removed from the river, will be impounded for 30 days

Fire destroys house in Greenwood on Saturday

Neighbours say the fire started around 11:30 a.m.

Snowfall warning for Kootenay and Paulson passes

Up to 30 cm expected in mountain passes Saturday and Sunday.

Grand Forks residents rally for a ‘fair deal’ in flood buyouts

Demonstrators also criticized how long it has taken to be offered land deals

Police seize drugs, weapons and cash from Christina Lake residence

One man was arrested when RCMP executed a search warrant on Nov. 14

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Duncan man gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty trial

Joe also gets lifetime ban on owning animals

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

B.C. woman ordered to return dog to ex-boyfriend for $2,000

After the two broke up, documents state, they agree to share custody of the dog, named Harlen

Most Read