For those interested in the workings of the City of Prince Rupert:
I am attaching letters sent to council on July 2 regarding the issues surrounding Gord Howie, the city manager and his wife, Tanalee Hesse. I have yet to receive any response to my concerns. I am also attaching an open letter written to mayor and council sent to both the Daily News and The Northern View. The Northern View has refused to print the story and I have yet to hear from the Daily News.
All of the information has been gathered from my investigations using information available on the city hall website and from other sources. I am hoping to let people know what is happening so something can be done about it and because I believe that transparency is the cornerstone of good government.
I have also attached the 2006 statement of financial information I got some of the financial information from however the June 23, 2008 agenda that I relied on for other information has since been removed from the city website which contained the 2007 statement of financial information.
(original documents are in following posts)
Letter to Mayor & Council:
Mr. Herb Pond,
Mayor City of Prince Rupert
424 3rd Ave West Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1L7
Dear Mayor Pond,
I am writing to you today to express my concerns over some questionable financial expenditures and contracts entered into by the city over the past couple of years. In particular, it involves disturbing information regarding unauthorized expenditures involving the contracting out of various administrative services, without proper authorization having been sought from, or received, by council. While I am not one to believe everything I hear, the evidence I have seen clearly appears to substantiate these claims. Being a believer in honesty and integrity in public office, I felt the need to question you with regard to these matters and to request some open and honest answers, and explanations.
Specifically, the circumstances I am referring to is the almost $90,000 that has been paid to Tanalee Hesse, spouse of city manager, Gordon Howie, between July 20, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2007 for various administrative contract work for the city. Last year alone, in fact, according to the 2007 Statement of Financial Information on the cityâ€™s website, Tanalee Hesse received $43,864, for these â€œcontractsâ€