Letter: Sewage issue stings after seeing city salaries

Sophie Salva upset at salaries after City of Revelstoke refuses to pay for sewer backup.

Editor,

I was amazed to read in your paper what some of the city employees are being paid.

If I was receiving Mike Thomas’ salary of $124,768, I would not be so concerned of having paid $901 out of $1,455.94 monthly O.A.P. and C.P.P. for the city’s sewer blockage outside of my property, which the city insists is my problem, not their’s.

Not only did my property taxes go up by $181.42, but I’ve been told I will not be re-imbursed for the city’s sewer problem. The blockage was not in my system, but the city’s sewer system.

Certainly my one vote will not make a lot of difference in the fall elections but I will not be voting for the current mayor and council. Their idea of where money is being spent is definitely NOT mine.

Sophie M. Salva,

Revelstoke

Editor’s note: Sophie Salva’s problem came up at the May 13 meeting of council. At that meeting, Mike Thomas, the director of engineering, told council that under the Local Government Act, the city wasn’t liable for sewer backups and that it was an issue for Salva to take up with her insurer. Salva told the Times Review that she had to pay for the plumbers to show up and detect the problem, and for two nights in a hotel room until the city fixed the issue. However, because there was no actual damage to her home, her insurer wasn’t compensating her for her expenses.

 

 

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