White Rock resident Ron Eves addresses council earlier this year.

White Rock resident Ron Eves addresses council earlier this year.

Scrapped vehicles ‘a shame’

White Rock resident Ron Eves tells council he wants to “stimulate some thought towards a dedicated purchasing agent for our city.”

White Rock staff have been asked to review the city’s vehicle purchasing practices, after a resident raised concerns to council.

The suggestion by Coun. Helen Fathers followed a delegation last week by Ron Eves, who told council he aimed to “stimulate some thought towards a dedicated purchasing agent for our city.”

Referencing nearly three dozen pages of information that he compiled through Freedom of Information requests and other sources, Eves cited concerns including the scrapping – as opposed to sale – of city vehicles that paperwork indicates were in seemingly decent shape.

There is no record that the vehicles in question were independently inspected prior to their disposal, he said.

“It’s a bit of a shame that such well-maintained vehicles” were sold for scrap, he said. “The market value for these vehicles today… is roughly $6,000 to $8,000, but they were disposed of for roughly $852.”

Council voted unanimously to have staff report back.

 

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