In a recent edition of the Ladysmith Chronicle, Mayor Hutchins wrote a letter to the editor that stated: “The Town of Ladysmith city manager’s regular annual salary for 2009 was $134,847, not the $171,000 as reported. The writer of the original article may not have been aware that the city manager’s salary, as reported, included a one-time payout of several years’ accumulated unused holidays.”
What then explains the city managers remuneration for 2008? The Statement of Financial Information for 2008 lists the city managers remuneration as $165,480 plus $6,175 for expenses. Based on the regular annual salary quoted in Mayor Hutchins’ letter, what makes the difference of $30,633 between the reported salary of $134,000 and the remuneration of $165,480? This certainly could not be explained away as a one-time payment of several years accumulated unused holidays.
It has been brought to my attention that the CVRD and BC Transit are hosting transit open houses in various locations in the district regarding a transit master plan for the next 25 years.
As a senior residing in Ladysmith, this is of particular interest to me as there appears to be an effort afoot to make it more difficult for us seniors to retain our drivers licences. Expanded service from the larger centres from the north and south of us would help to make the services that are not available to us locally more accessible as well as savings in greenhouse gases. Anyone that sees a need for this service, seniors, students..etc would be well advised to attend one of the open houses. Aggie Hall in Ladysmith 2 p.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5.