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Council unproductive, inefficient: consultant

Town operations are “lean and mean,” said the consultant who Fort Erie town council hired last year to root out cost savings and “efficiencies.”

David Berger of Western Management Consultants said the Town compares well with similar municipalities and in some cases exceeds benchmarks.

The two most important points in his 25 recommendations, as he described them, related to council governance.

Councillors and staff “are experiencing some challenges in their working relationship,” his report states.

“Better governance appears to hold the greatest opportunity for improvement to operations. Increase the number of key operational decisions being made and decrease the amount of time and effort to make them.”

He said more effort must be devoted to health and safety or the Town could face an onerous audit by the Ministry of Labour and many hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs.

A couple of departments are short-staffed, a few more could have job responsibilities tweaked, and the drop in development applications means the planning department could handle more workload.

More in the next edition of the paper.

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