Municipal Burn Pit
I see in this week’s Crowsnest Promoter, buried deep within the CAO reports to council section, that our municipality after many years of successful operation of our Burn Pit in Frank, that is utilized by residents throughout the Pass, has suddenly and without warning or public input decided to close it down.
The reason given for this decision according to our illustrious mayor in the article is “People have abused that privilege (burning of wood) and it is partially our fault because we haven’t kept it under lock and key,” he said.
I’m sure a very small percentage of our population has abused the privilege as most people tend to do with almost everything that is run on a honour system, but that never necessitated the closing of this much needed and used facility before? Why now, with him? And if it is partially their fault why are they not taking some responsibility for their mishandling of this facility and finding a workable solution, instead of simply taking the easy way out by closing it?
May the man burn in hell for this one!
Seriously folks, must he take away and/or destroy everything here in the name of efficiency? Is nothing to be spared? Where are people suppose to take their burnable refuse now? All the way to the landfill in Lunbreck? Or more than likely a drop in the woods, lane-way, or any other convenient dumping ground to get away from the expense and inconvenience of going miles out of their way to another community.
A whole community is inconvenienced because a municipal employee or two doesn’t want to sort through the odd pile of other materials than burnable wood. Is this such a huge cost and unfair work demand that a whole community must be inconvenienced to accommodate taxpayer paid municipal employees and their managers? That really makes a lot of sense? Who is working for who here?
Only out of touch bureaucrats and spoiled employees could come up with this one. On second thought, I wouldn’t rush to blame the employees unless they suddenly with a new season fast approaching started complaining about having to hand out keys to the public again, or running back and forth to ensure the gates were closed, under the new rules and regulations recently implemented (last fall) by their illustrious bosses. More than likely management came up with this decision on their own because it was the simplest and easiest to implement. The public be damned!
Lord safe us from the bureaucrats and managers who look for the easy way out to avoid actually working for us, and providing a much needed and wanted service to the community.
I encourage my readers to follow my lead and send both Frank and our mayor a clear message you are not happy with their decision to close our Burn Pit, and want it to remain open.
Director of Planning, Engineering and Operations: Frank Besinger
Mayor: Bruce Decoux
UPDATE: April 18, 9:23 a.m.
Just spoke with Frank Besinger who stated the story in the Crowsnest Promoter is not entirely accurate in that the Burn Pit is ^not closing but will be undergoing some much needed changes, including new scheduling (days & hours of operation) and sign in and sign out procedures, along with better monitoring and enforcement. I for one am glad to hear this.
p.s. Never doubt the power of the press and the glare of unwanted publicity. ;-)
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.