Restroom cost tip of iceberg

To the Editor,

Re: City aims to solve public urination with restroom, Jan. 17.

Nanaimo is on the world map again. Not for bathtubbing, but for another washroom fixture – the toilet.

Council agreeing to $100,000 for one pottie at Diana Krall Plaza is like spending $500,000 to add a small visitor centre to restrooms on the Nanaimo Parkway. Oops, it did.

Doesn’t anyone watching taxpayer coin realize you can build a brand new $400,000 luxury home with three bathrooms and all the trimmings?

This can now be added to the list taking rolls and rolls of toilet paper to list: a $12-million city annex for happy senior employees; $75 million for a conference centre to make downtown “look better”; $400,000 to buy an Old Victoria Road building which now needs $800,000 in repairs.

To think council has said ‘no’ to a group of 4H kids who just want $1,000 to help run a petting zoo at Beban Park.

What all 90,000 residents of Nanaimo must realize is it’s only a few loud councillors who freely bleed our money for their petty projects.

We all must complain, phone and e-mail so they’ll be forced to stop their insanity.

R.C. Stearman


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