Caving to the public pressure Coun. Jeannie Kanakos is singing a different tune, says independent council candidate Kay Hale.
At the Sept. 24 Delta council meeting she announced that she will challenge the golden handshake policy which all six councillors plus the mayor unanimously voted to award themselves.
“Come end of October the taxpayers will be on the hook for the outrageous golden handshake paying outgoing Mayor Lois Jackson $124,153., Coun. Sylvia Bishop $33,958., Coun. Heather King $19,820. And Coun. Ian Paton $38,236, totalling $216,167,” said Hale in a news release. “It is apparent, as usual, the sitting councillors and the mayor thought they could pull the wool over the public’s eye by voting to reward themselves with taxpayer's hard-earned money. Well, if they thought the public did not deserve their consultation and their voices did not matter – surprise, surprise. The residents of Delta have spoken and they have made it very clear who the boss is.”
Hale said the mayor together with the six councillors should accept their inconsiderate behaviour toward the residents and apologize.
“To restore faith and trust they should refrain from accepting the golden handshake and instead opt to put that $216,167 lump sum toward a good cause to improve some parks and playgrounds for our children,” added Hale.
The motion tabled by Coun. Kanakos for consideration by council at the Oct. 15 meeting, if passed, will be a topic for the new council to consider.
“It’s a little too late as by the end of Octobert the City of Delta would have already dished out the $216,167,” said Hale.