Parsons: Service review an ‘exhaustive’, necessary process
Wallaceburg Counc. Sheldon Parsons agrees a municipal-wide service review is a necessary task for Chatham-Kent Council to embark upon.
The motion was approved by Council on Monday to move forward with the, potentially three-year-long review.
Parson says this review is necessary, as one has not been completed since the initial amalgamation of Chatham-Kent.
“We went through this exhaustive review at amalgamation, we examined all the services, we set service levels, we harmonized services across 23 former entities,” he said. “I think we’re now up against the same process where we need to do it all over again… to remain current and ensure we remain the government of the future and not the government of the past.”
He added this process will examine all service delivered across C-K.
“We will look at every service that we provide to the community,” Parsons said. “We’ll examine it in terms of, is this a service that we should be providing and if it is, at what level should we be proving that service.”
Parsons says its tough to balanace the hard services, like roads and bridges, with soft services, like cultural and recreational opportunities. Parsons says the review is essential, as the Municipality cannot continue down the same path.
“It’s going to be a very difficult process to go through but I think Council is up to the task and we need public input,” he said. “We need the public to tell us what services they value and they hope to see continue. We are not sustainable in the current mode or format.”
A public meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. to discuss the process.