Having listened to all of the people I have spoken with, there seems to be four issues that need to be addressed.
We need to know the true state of our municipal finances, having an independent company carry out an audit and deliver the results at a public meeting. The Community and the New Council need to know exactly where we stand concerning how much money we actually have before we can make decisions together and move forward.
Review Administrative Positions:
Some early research has indicated that in similar communities of around 2,500 population, Lillooet is among the highest with administration wage and benefits costs; that is why we must review those positions.
This is to ensure that we adjust our staffing costs to address our now smaller population of 2,300 with only 1,130 taxpayers.
The New Council need to put the proposed water project on hold for review, then have an investigation of all our traditional gravity-fed systems. Check out both Dickey Creek and Town Creek Watersheds to see if there are things to be done to improve water capacity and flow.
While doing this, have the water quality tested and determine what filtration and treatment is needed. We then can have a true picture and comparison to use when we review the costly water system now being considered.
Sewer Treatment System:
Since the initial installation of this system, it has been plagued with costly problems. Unfortunately, the truth is it is not working properly and in fairness has caused the Councils following that system's installation nothing but headaches.
What happened? Why is it we can buy a washing machine for $799 and get a five-year guarantee or buy a small car for $25,000 and get a guarantee? But no guarantee on something costing millions. That makes no sense to me. This Community needs to know why and how this came about so we can fix the problem.
I have selected these four important issues that need attention, in each case we have to face the truth together as a Community and Council and then move forward.
But you must vote in a Council who can think and work together, no more dysfunctional Councils. Select a team who can address these problems, put me in a Council who want to work for our community.