Money should be better spent in town

Reader questions spending priorities of Hope council

I understand council just passed a motion to spend $53,000 on a curtain for the downtown bandstand. Wow, doesn’t the town already have tarps that can be used for a wind break in July and August? One councillor said that the cost for the town crew to put them up and down is too costly. Put it up July 1 and take it down Aug. 31. Get real elected officials, it is not your money.

I spoke with another councillor about the bandstand and he said that not much discussion took place about it, so he voted okay to the cost. I realize it is tough to have 5,000 + bosses but you ran for office and are paid for the job.

Also, there is a house and yard on Third Ave., across the road from the Japanese Gardens and bus parking, that needs to be looked after. Grass on the boulevard is one foot high. Could we not spend some of the $53,000 and mow the grass? It would take one town employee a half hour every two weeks. Rudy Puschman, a neighbour, and myself have decided to look after it at no cost to the town.

Also, the planter around Hope’s famous “H” tree on the corner of Hudson Bay Street and 5th Avenue sure grows dandelions well. My wife Barb and I will look after this weeding over the summer also at no charge.

On another note, as a former Legion member I would personally like to thank Barclay Fletcher and his workers for painting the Legion at no cost to the Legion. WOW, it looks super. What a great citizen. Maybe he should run for council. I will sign his nomination papers.

Dick Gardner,

The new Steve D.,

Hope, B.C.