September 18, 2014

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Hi Don, “An Orb spider, the one I call the Ritz Cracker spider because it has an orange back with "holes", just like the cracker. Kinda looked like ballet off the leaf. - Al

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A spider’s web in the wet snow last week, although the photo does not do it justice. It was glittering like a web full of diamonds.

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SUBJECT: ‘Finding’ Signage Discussion

* The point Dana, is that there are also several hundred small and medium sized businesses located in
Riel Park who do pay taxes, and are a destination for shoppers from all over the Province and beyond. Where on the signs does Riel Business Park appear?  And why not. Rugby and Soccer Fields? Also legitimate  destinations for people from out of town. Guess which group brings more people and money into the city. Guess who pays more taxes? Guess who always gets the short, pointy end of the stick when dealing with City Hall. No doubt the signs could be free, and list every last thing in town, and someone would still complain. It's the never ending "Ready, Fire, Aim and then throw some money at it mentality coming out of City Hall that really gets me riled up.

* Not everything is as it looks. There could have been cross training going on. A supervisor might have stopped by for a 10 minute review or status report. They might have needed 4 people for a single phase of the install, cheaper than a cherry picker. A second team may have stopped by to help since they finished their install a few blocks away. Etc.
Then again, there might have been another 4 people who just left to go get coffee for the whole gang. Our internal auditor and efficency consultant might be able to shed some light on the matter.
I don't always agree with efficency reports but from what I've seen and heard, I would tend to agree that there is some waste going on here in the city. My personel belief is that it stems from management.

* It is so depressing and dysfunctional. As I drove to few places around St. Albert the only feeling I had is how much we are controlled. We have NO say in anything and input is not welcome. Walden 2? It seems there is one thing after another and it all involves spending our tax dollars......I mean wasting $

* I just drove by a crew putting up a single sign on Hebert Road between Safeway and Cunningham. There was one trailer, three trucks and four workers to put up a single sign. How is that for total waste? It is a two man, single truck job for anybody but city staff.

* I can see the cost of the signs and posts, etc. costing $1500, but where does the other $5000 go?  Probably costs that much to have the city workers put them up.  Just another way to funnel money into wages for the city.  And someone at city hall thinks we are stupid!

* They can beautify the Trail all they want but until they do something about that eyesore across from St Albert Inn that trail will always be ugly.

* The sign incompetence goes much deeper than an error on the signs. They are placed behind trees on so many boulevards that they are useless until you get right beside them and when you can see the entire sign, you literally have to stop to read it or flash by it. The boob who picked the locations needs a lobotomy.
If they had to put up elephant-sized signs (and they didn't) they should have planned to remove trees for a few hundred feet in front of the signs to allow them to at least be visible from the km or so they were designed to be seen from, not 15 feet after a tree. Incompetence does not even begin to describe the sheer stupidity of these signs. It is a monster FAIL on the parts of both council and admin. And too think we are paying someone over $200 K a year to manage this folly. Incredible.
I wouldn't reveal the location either. Lets get our money's worth from Boston and let him figure it out. Who knows, he might even learn something, or God forbid move into the city like he should.

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