Big price tag for little bridge

I watched a Kelowna city council meeting the other day, and the issue that caught my eye was about a small wooden bridge on Acland Road, slated for replacement.

To the editor:

I watched a Kelowna city council meeting the other day, and the issue that caught my eye was about a small wooden bridge on Acland Road, slated for replacement.

The cost for replacement is over $500,000. The feedback from the councillors was ‘Golly—is that ever a lot of money’

But the overwhelming sentiment of council was, ‘Oh well, we signed a contract, there’s nothing we can do about it now.’

How come councillors didn’t know that? Where was the research? Where was the estimated budget? Where were the cost projections? How did the contract get signed without knowing the total cost? How come it’s $200,000 more than the original quote?  How come you were blindsided by this?

To spend $500,000 for a little bridge is a lot. I mean, you don’t just walk into a store pick up a bunch of stuff, put it on the counter, sign a contract to buy it, and then when the bill comes go into shock and say, ‘Oh my God, is that ever a lot. I signed the contract—there’s nothing I can do about it now.’

But I guess you can as long as you’re spending the taxpayers’ money.

Cal Condy,

Kelowna

 

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