Re: $20,000 allocated for rail-move advice, Oct. 2.
Waste of $20,000.
If I understand the issue of relocation correctly, it would require involvement and co-operation from a number of stakeholders, including BNSF, Amtrak, affected municipalities and federal and provincial governments.
Why would the city hire a consultant and not wait for other municipalities to chip in and contribute to the cost of any required process? I am confounded by the lack of strategic planning by the city on this particular issue.
What is telling is that the Rail Safety Task Force, chaired by Coun. Grant Meyer, has only one other member. (Editor’s note: In addition to Meyer and Coun. Al Campbell, city director of engineering Greg St. Louis also attends meetings.)
One would think that such an important task force may have asked for volunteers from the community.
The consultant’s services may be better utilized if there is a co-ordinated effort instead of White Rock going at it alone.
Aroon Shah, White Rock