WHY HIRE A PROJECT MANAGER BEFORE REFERENDUM?
One definition of a Project Manager is: the person in overall charge of the planning and execution of a particular project.
Given there was no particular project needing planning or executing until after Nanaimo taxpayers approved financing for the project it begs the question: why did staff ask for and council approve spending $75,000 on one three weeks before the referendum?
As witnessed by Ms Samra's comments Mr. Mema was given credit for organizing the various elements necessary to support the case for investing $80 million in an event centre on the Wellcox property. The case had been fully presented to the public by the time a request was made for the $75K for a project manager, so I repeat, without a project to manage, just what was the purpose of this hire?
I await a response to my query of Mayor and Council.