The city’s new game

I hope that before council gives final reading to any property proposal for the site in question, concerned citizens will be fully informed

The game of Mumblety-peg, as many of us know, is a children’s game played with a pocketknife, the object being to cause the blade to stick in the ground or a wooden surface by flipping the knife in a number of prescribed ways or from a number of prescribed positions.

Based on comments from the city, the “dormitory on-again-off-again property game,” seems to be very similar to the children’s game. The city is throwing the proverbial property knife, in several directions without spelling out the rules to the public. No one knows the rules, let alone the ways in which this property knife could be thrown. It seems that the rules will surface after the game has started. Deja vu perhaps?

Once again, Mr. Mayor, you seem to have lost focus from you pre-election tenets of a government that is open (I believe you used the term transparent); honest and accountable.

In light of the present “hush-hush” on the aforementioned property development, I might ask: “Where does this fit in your pre-election promises?” You dropped the ball once and we, the taxpayers, paid. How often do you think that taxpayers will stand for this?

I would hope that before council gives final reading to any property proposal for the site in question, that concerned citizens will have the opportunity to be fully informed and their concerns heard and weighed into any decision.

After all is said and done, Mr. Mayor, your conscience may be your guide, however, the taxpayers have a conscience as well. Don’t ever forget that.

Ron Barillaro

 

Penticton