Colwood needs council that works as a team

I attended both Colwood all-candidate meetings on Nov. 2, spending half the time at the meeting sponsored by the West Shore

I attended both Colwood all-candidate meetings on Nov. 2, spending half the time at the meeting sponsored by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, and the remainder at the meeting organized by the Concerned Citizens Coalition.

I am still annoyed that the candidates supported the scheduling of two concurrent meetings forcing taxpayers to choose which to attend — what were they and the organizers trying to do, create a political rally to support their opinions rather than providing an opportunity for open debate between all candidates?

I agree that there may be valid concerns about perceived conflict of interest, and questionable controls over the expenditure of public funds, especially in relation to the $3.9 million Solar Colwood grant.

The financial reports on the Colwood website indicate, in my opinion, an unreasonable increase, during the last two council terms, in the cost of general government services and the number and total salary payments to staff earning over $75,000.

Is this at the expense of reducing levels of front line and support staff? Excessive increases in bureaucracy seem to be today’s norm in all levels of government.

At the same time we hear the development community complaints of delays and poor service from City of Colwood.

We see significant changes in Langford, but many delayed and cancelled development projects in Colwood. And we are spending a lot of taxpayer money to promote and administer a program that requires individuals that qualify for grants to expend a significant amount of money with questionable returns.

We are at a critical point in Colwood. The recent announcement of a $50 million budget for a new high school, the Colwood Corners project, and the Royal Bay development all provide excellent opportunities to make Colwood a major player in determining the future of the West Shore region.

For council to work effectively, we need to choose moderate candidates who can work as a team, in spite of differences of opinion, to achieve significant progress in Colwood while ensuring maximum value for every taxpayer dollar spent.

We don’t need candidates who have hidden agendas or are confrontational.

Jim Belfry

Colwood

 

Just Posted

Pacific FC looks for first win of the fall season in Toronto Wednesday

The Island team is currently 0-2-0 this season

Periods of rain in Wednesday’s forecast

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

Welcome to Victoria, where a street can have four names

From Oak Bay to View Royal, street names change as the roadways twist and turn

Garbage piles up at Mount Doug Park in Saanich

Local resident blames the design of the garbage bins

VIDEO: Black bear caught climbing tree in Langford neighbourhood

Triangle Mountain residents on alert following bear sighting

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Most Read