|From:||Bill Maurer [email@example.com]|
|Date:||Monday, January 09, 2006|
|Title:||Public Input of Bill Maurer|
I would like to begin by saying that today is the 355th day that Nancy Van Insberghe has been out of her home. Almost a year has past since the landslide and we are once again in the middle of the rainy season. A Heavy Rainfall Alert was issued this morning. Many details are being overlooked because staff is not working with residents to come up with adequate solutions and is not meeting implementation timelines they have promised. Far too much time and taxpayer dollars are being spent with lawyers, insurers, and reporting and far too little of those resources are being spent on implementation.
I just discovered that a 2m retaining wall and terraces below it located at 1593 Lennox were not removed by staff as promised last October. The home of Nancy Van Insberghe has still not been purchased as promised last August.
Residents are not being given the opportunity to review and give feedback on decisions before they are made.
Here are some of my more detailed concerns:
There is no transparency in the decision making process and as such council will be faced with many issues which could easily be resolved if staff would only work more directly with the affected residents. I would urge council to order staff to treat Escarpment residents as partners in the remediation efforts. The Escarpment Committee is the ideal vehicle for achieving this since it has a broad base of representatives from all areas of the community.