Each day as I pass through the new part of the Island Highway I expect to see city employees hard at work tidying up the weeds that have grown to the size of shrubs.
But no… this upgrade, that cost millions of dollars is blighted by neglect, I understand that the plants have died but why are they still there? Bare earth would better than beds of dead plants and weeds. As for the smell, this is worse than before the new pumping station was put in. This is not acceptable, there are natural products that deal with the bacteria in sewerage to eliminate the odour, it’s not rocket science. What must visitors think as they enter the city? “Nice view, shame about the pong!”
Council ignored the wishes of the people and went ahead with the tax hike of 13.6 per cent but it would seem we are getting less for our money in frontline services. Aside from the weeds everywhere, some of the lines on the roads and at crossings are in most places completely worn away, visitors and residents can see the neglect everywhere.
To say we are being ripped off is an understatement. We must have swinging cuts at city hall, a community as small as ours cannot afford all these managers who are pulling in huge salaries. This gravy train must hit the buffers as we cannot sustain the expenses as in the past and when the next election comes around we expect some serious changes to the city staff budget, preferably before then. We are the beleaguered taxpayers and councillors you are on notice to do the right thing by us, the time has come to stop the tail wagging the dog.