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Dear Source:

"The decision to build a roundabout was made by residents about 10 years ago when they were offered several options for solving traffic problems at that spot", said Public Works Director Ira Wade.
Is this not, obviously and clearly, a telling statement about the exasperatingly slow process of getting any problem identified; heard; discussed and completed on St. John in a timely manner?
What happens here is that by the time any project finally happens…. the set of problems and consequent decisions made have changed often no longer the answer to the problems as other important factors have surfaced!
Let us also remember that these important decisions are usually made by past individuals in decision-making capacities from past Administrations.
I often wish that we could "track" the paperwork and time spent as St. John "issues" as they get shuffled from one desk to another within the out-dated Government systems of decision making and bureaucracy presently in place for our Island.
Add that to the costs and decide if our many tax St. John dollars are put to good use.
Can we not see that we must find a more cost-effective manner in which to define major current issues, involve St. John Community leaders and find resolutions that are in step with the "here and now" of our growth?
Bonny Corbeil
St. John

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.

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Dear Source:

"The decision to build a roundabout was made by residents about 10 years ago when they were offered several options for solving traffic problems at that spot", said Public Works Director Ira Wade.
Is this not, obviously and clearly, a telling statement about the exasperatingly slow process of getting any problem identified; heard; discussed and completed on St. John in a timely manner?
What happens here is that by the time any project finally happens.... the set of problems and consequent decisions made have changed often no longer the answer to the problems as other important factors have surfaced!
Let us also remember that these important decisions are usually made by past individuals in decision-making capacities from past Administrations.
I often wish that we could "track" the paperwork and time spent as St. John "issues" as they get shuffled from one desk to another within the out-dated Government systems of decision making and bureaucracy presently in place for our Island.
Add that to the costs and decide if our many tax St. John dollars are put to good use.
Can we not see that we must find a more cost-effective manner in which to define major current issues, involve St. John Community leaders and find resolutions that are in step with the "here and now" of our growth?
Bonny Corbeil
St. John

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.