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Letters

Thoughts on CAO Resignation

Dear Editor,

As you predicted in your editorial of August 15, 2015, the CAO is leaving the municipality. Your opinion that a municipality the size of Meaford does not need a CAO is correct. The CAO salary level usually raises the salary levels of senior management positions.

Over the past couple of years, two senior positions (Director of Roads and Director of Recreation) have been deleted and the fire chief retired to be replaced by the deputy. The deputy position was not filled. Unlike departments that have been organized under one director, more departments have been added that produce no value to the taxpayer. Job titles have been changed to elevate some positions. One manager position has only the manager and one staff. Other departments have suffered from the organizational changes.


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Thoughts on the New Library From the West End

Dear Editor,

Given the hysteria and euphoria by some surrounding the news of a new library and possible refurbishment of the old library into a new council and staff office area with its exorbitant cost, it may be time to see this extravagance for what it really is. Another boondoggle!

In defending this choice of library, staff in a recent newsletter now depict the new library as not only a purveyor of books, articles, and dvds, but it will also serve as a community hub for our municipality.


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Concern About Load Limits

Editor,

At the December 11/17 Council meeting, By-Law 2017-69 was passed unanimously by Council. This By-Law permits Meaford to place load limit warning signs on thirteen crucial bridges in rural Meaford. Treasurer Mr. Chapman told Council that no consultation had occurred with any of the hundreds of regular users of these bridges but the latest inspection reports of these bridges was so bad that Meaford must unilaterally post these weight restrictions immediately!

These limits vary from bridge to bridge with a low of 5 tons and highs of 15 tons. If you use these bridges and exceed the weight limit you are breaking the law. There will be no advanced warning and no provision for turning around. There is no explanation given on how this by-law would be enforced by the OPP or MOT.


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