–by Teresa Sullivan, CAO, District of Sooke
I am writing in response to a disturbingly misleading letter written by Terrance Martin and posted on the PocketNews blog on May 20 by Britt Santowski.
Nearly every sentence in the letter contains what Winston Churchill would have politely called “terminological inexactitudes.”
- Mr. Martin says the District has fired private contractors and replaced them with union staff positions. Not true. The District has not replaced a single contractor with any new union positions.
- He failed to disclose that the private contract was his own contract to operate and maintain the municipal boat launch. He says the District is firing “contractors.” Not true. No other private contractor has been terminated.
- He says this is bureaucratic empire building. Not true. In fact, the tasks under his former contract are being handled by existing staff with obvious cost savings to the taxpayers.
- He says once a union position is established, the union will put the taxpayers on their knees before it will allow it to be rolled back. Not true. No new union positions have been created. As well, his comment is a disturbing indictment of our existing union staff.
- He says the CAO “walked out of the meeting.” Not true. Everyone in the room shook hands, and the CAO walked him to the door as she does all guests.
- Ms. Santowski says it is a “quiet and possibly expensive policy shift.” Not true. In fact, the municipality is saving the costs of Mr. Martin’s contract and of a summer employee contract. In fact, the boat launch contract is not any sort of policy shift – it was simply a good decision to make in regard to a problematic contract.
In sum, the decision not to proceed with Mr. Martin’s contract was made after he took advantage of an opportunity to speak to Council about the matter, and it was the correct decision in all the circumstances. However, in this public forum it would not be appropriate to go into any further details about grounds for not proceeding with his contract.
- LETTER: Quiet and possibly expensive policy shift happening at Sooke’s Municipal Hall -May 20, 2016, Sooke PocketNews