"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Monday 11 April 2011

What You See Is What You Get

In this blog, I do not tell anybody what to think. I tell you what I think. I provide information.  Readers must make of it what they will.

In the last term of Council, the town experienced  a huge  loss of  experienced  staff.  A loss, in a short time, of 75% of the  knowledge, experience and institutional history is devastating to a town's operation. It was also deliberate.

Vacancies were filled but replacing what we lost can not happen instantly.It took years to build. Months to destroy.How long to restore remains to be seen.

Hopefully within four years. we will have made inroads.

In the second half  of the last term, we had the "re-org"  

Responsibilities were shifted from people with skills to people without. Titles were changed. Bodies were added. Keeping track became impossible. If you don't know what was, how can you know what should be. I watched for improvement. Saw none

Town experience still kept going  out the door. 

Long winded reports take the place of substantive action. Costs climb. Improvement is impossible to discern.

None of it  was done without Council approval and I suspect a heavy  erratic hand  steering  the course. I  suspect it because the line between the authority of Council and responsibility of the administration became ever more blurred. 

From my perspective, after the election, there needed to be a sharp  corrective turn and a new direction steered.

Easier said than done. Everyone needs to agree it's necessary. Also easier said than done.

A juggernaut is an unstoppable machine.

I don't think that's what we have here.

Hopefully, within the next four years, together, we can make it better

1 comment:

A look on the bight side said...

One thing is for sure , no matter what happens ,it wont even be close to that train wreck that was the last term of Council