Below are two contrasting views by way of an editorial and a letter to the editor dealing with municipal governance as it relates to our economy here in the Pass that appeared in the same newspaper this week…
Editorial by Joni MacFarlane
Mystified by priorities
Of all the recommendations in the Mayor’s Task Force on the Economy, it’s mystifying why council chose all things fire-related as one of their first orders of business.
The task force, set up in the early stages of this council’s term, contains many proposals that seem far more critical than those of firefighting.
In fact, the very first strategy outlined in the report is to “adopt a community economic development model”, including the establishment of an advisory committee and the hiring of an Economic Development Officer (EDO).
It took over two years to set up the committee – who’ve yet to have a meeting and have been postponed until May – and an EDO is still not being actively recruited.
True there has been news on the economic front, but one is a long way off and another is limited on the job front.
The proposed reactivation of coal mining will, eventually, be an economic balm to the community but it had nothing to do with political will and everything to do with the collision of natural resources and market forces.
The proposed hotel complex will also benefit the community by putting a fresh face on an aging eye-sore and providing a nice way-stop for travelers and visitors. But as anyone who’s waited tables, flipped burgers, or made beds will tell you, these aren’t jobs on which to buy a home or raise a family easily.
Rather than developing a strategy and action plan to attract business, the legacy of this council will be the reshaping of the fire department.
Instead of focusing on jobs and the economic health of the community, we’ve had a council spend an inordinate amount of time and energy dealing with fire halls, fireworks and firefighters.
Such a priority is baffling.
Now for the Letter to the Editor:
I’ll leave it to my readers to decide for themselves which of these two (editorial or the letter to the editor) speaks the truth with respect to good municipal governance as it relates to our economic development (or lack of because of misguided priorities and incompetence), and which knows not what they’re talking about?
Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.