Email thread: Wayne Schulstad to Ian Howat, City of Nanaimo Director, Strategic Relationships
From: “Ian Howat” <Ian.Howat@nanaimo.ca>
Cc: “GENERAL MANAGERS” <GeneralManagers@nanaimo.ca>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: V.I.C.C.
Hello Mr. Schulstad,
Thank you for your suggestion for reducing operating costs of the VICC.
The City has an operating contract with Atlific to operate the VICC. While the City has control of the budget and can control how Atlific runs the facility through the budget approval process, we expect that our contractor will run the facility on our behalf in as an efficient and effective manner possible and to date we have every reason to believe that our contractor has done so. The position advertised is a key role among the contractor’s management team and needs to be replaced for the contractor to fulfill its contractual obligations to the City.
Thank you again for your email.
Ian Howat, Director of Strategic Relationships,
City of Nanaimo
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—– Original Message —–
From:Wayne Schulstad <email@example.com>
To: Ian Howat
Sent: Thu May 06 20:23:20 2010
I understand that the Conference Centre has recently advertized for a Human Resources/Accountant position. It would seem to me that the City has ample staff that could readily perform these functions for the V.I.C.C. Taxpayers are already subsidizing the facility over $3.5 Million a year in interest and operating costs , and adding another employee to the V.I.C.C. staff will require an additional $100K+ in annual operating subsidy. This is unacceptable.
If this proposed new employee is slated to replace someone who has left their position, then not replacing him/her will save the $100K expense.
I am assuming that your new duties as liaison with the V.I.C.C. would include matters of staffing.If this is not the case please so advise. In any event , I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.
Can someone explain to me why the contractor is not instructed to run the facility with a zero budget deficit? The Province requires this simplicity (skirted by numerous accounting shell games) of the municipalities: they are obliged by law to operate on a balanced budget: they cannot run a deficit.
Zero budget deficit?Look,this web site is trying to address serious issues in the City of Nanaimo and this is no place for humour.After all,our so called “Convention Centre” has a lot of important “events” scheduled over the next 6 months.We got your City Council meetings,Board of Variance meetings,public hearings,hucksters and their get rich schemes,weddings,christmas parties and a whole lot of one day rentals.One thing we don’t have is conventions-nary a one scheduled on the “events” list.Zero.
But that’s not going to stop the Facility Manager from hiring new staff,and for which they receive the blessing of the City.So if anyone wants to join the V.I.C.C. team,you will have lots of company.We got your General Manager,your Area Regional Manager,your Operations Manager,your Accounting/Human Resources Manager and your back of House Manager.That’s a whole lot of manageing going on.Probably more too,so they can fill their Executive Committee team,the Food and Beverage team,the Audio/Visual team the Housekeeping/Banquet Set-up team and the Trade Show department,each of whom will be ably assisted by your Associates,employees and sub-contractors.
So no more talk about a ‘zero budget deficit.Take your comments to the Comedy Channel where they belong.