If our wise and wonderful mayor and city council want to find out if Penticton residents are “engaged,” I have a simple solution.
Instead of spending $85,000 of taxpayer dollars on an image consultant, put the money towards an early municipal election. Although I have not talked to Nelson Meikle, or the Save Skaha Park representatives, I get the feeling they would cease all legal proceedings and save Penticton taxpayers a bundle of cash on (at least) two court battles and a possible referendum.
This cash, combined with the $85,000 could be used to cover the cost of the election. We could also find out if we really need an image consultant by comparing the number of people that vote to the number that voted in the last election. I dare you.
To Coun. Max Picton, who informs us that he has no interest in following the local news, you are disengaged. To me, as a local taxpayer, you are personally disengaged and still vote to spend $85,000 on an “engagement consultant” to help educate the rest of us takes insulting to a whole new level.
Mayor Jakubeit, do me a favour, at the next council meeting lean over Coun. Picton’s shoulder and whisper the following. “You are misinformed and disengaged.”