Email thread: Wayne Schulstad to Ian Howat, City of Nanaimo Director, Strategic Relationships

From: “Ian Howat” <>

To: <>


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

Ian Howat, Director of Strategic Relationships,

City of Nanaimo


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—– Original Message —–

From:Wayne Schulstad <>

To: Ian Howat

Sent: Thu May 06 20:23:20 2010

Subject: V.I.C.C.


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.

Thank you.

Wayne Schulstad