As is obvious by recent Red Deer city council actions, the main concern for most of them is still personal gain and pet projects.
There are four things this city needs to do before this administration forces us to go bankrupt.
l Have a full police investigation and forensic audit into this administration.
l Have a ward system that makes council more accountable and given residents someone to call rather than getting the run around they get under the current system.
l A recall system so if a councillor is not doing his or her job, the residents of the ward can have the councillor removed from office and replaced.
l Everyone authorized to spend city money should be bonded and held to account for every penny they have spent.
People running for office who wouldn’t support measures that insure this type of credibility shouldn’t be in such an elected or hired position to start with.
I’ve been asked by several friends, neighbours and even customers to consider running myself.
I would consider it a privilege to work with Coun. Chris Stephan. But I don’t know if I could work with most of the rest of them if they got re-elected because of the lack of respect they show for this city and the people who live here.
I like a lot of what I’m hearing from the Red Deer First Group, But I worry about it being led by someone out of the public eye.
The list of best places to live in Canada has shown Red Deer has dropped 30 spots, The mayor’s response: “I’m not worried they’ve just moved us to our more traditional ranking.”
It’s good to see so many letters and stories showing the voters in Red Deer are taking more of an interest this time around. Hopefully we’ll get more people in office like Coun. Stephan who are worthy of a city paycheque.