Personally, I would like to see council concentrate on maintenance issues for the duration of the mayor’s maternity leave, and leave the big, contentious decisions and debates on the backburner until she returns.
Instead of getting on top of making sure that the roadways and trails in the District of Sooke aren’t dangerous and/or falling apart, council is engaging in the historically contentious and wildly expensive issue of developing John Phillips Memorial park, and completely replacing all senior management staff.
This, at a time when our existing trail system is still not complete, invasive species are completely taking over many of our parks, and maintenance of existing trails is essentially non existent.
Many of the roads are falling apart, ditches are getting wider and swallowing road base, sink holes and pot holes are attended to with the barest minimum of attention, and the painted lanes and crosswalks are almost completely invisible.
Meanwhile, there is barely any district staff left with any historical knowledge of the infrastructure and mechanical workings of our town. They’ve been replaced by people with an agenda to change how the corporation operates. This, at a time when council is short by one key member, whose absence has been taken advantage of in order for some to gain political traction.
This council is failing. There are too many competing interests, none of which seem to have much to do with the well being of the District and its citizens. The underhandedness on display is disgusting. We should be able to rely on these people to be responsible and collaborative, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that we can’t.
Owner, Sooke Mountain Cycle