Protest comes after the fact

There were plenty of formal opportunities to voice your concerns or represent your client’s interest. You chose not to.

I chuckled when I read Finn Larsen’s letter (Land deal raises concerns) published on Nov 28.

Finn takes issue with the fact that the Eckhardt Avenue property sale was not listed for public sale prior to the current purchaser completing his sale.

My amusement was at the part of his letter where he mentioned having a client interested in submitting an offer.

If that was the case Finn, where were you on Nov. 21? The council meeting that night had the sale of this property on the agenda and at that time, you could have spoken to council regarding your client’s interest.

Additionally, where were you on Nov. 7? There was a public meeting to discuss rezoning and development permits for this property. At that time, you could have mentioned your client’s interest.

Finally, have you contacted any of the councillors or Mayor Ashton regarding your concerns or your client’s interest? This land sale was announced almost a month ago, leaving you plenty of time to contact City Hall with an alternate offer.

If it’s actually true that you had a client wanting to purchase this land, you neglected your duties as their realtor and agent by not coming forward formally.

So before you criticize City Hall, Mayor Ashton and council for not being transparent, perhaps you should take a look at your actions. There were plenty of formal opportunities to voice your concerns or represent your client’s interest. You chose not to.

Rob Murphy

 

Penticton