An Alberta Health Services screw-up is costing the town of Rocky Mountain House their local landmark and Alberta taxpayers $430,000.
The town’s decommissioned water tower has been the Rocky Mountain House landmark bearing the town’s motto for over 50 years. But now because AHS consultants failed to take into account the proximity of the water tower to where AHS was constructing the new hospital helipad, the tower will be torn down. The cost of the tear down is pegged at $430,000.
There are thousands of managers at Alberta Health services, yet not a single one bothered to google aviation regulations.
Imagine if this were a private company making this huge expensive screw up of nearly half a million dollars. How many people would be fired over this or at the very least held accountable and forced to answer for their massive mistake? Sadly, with government only one person will be held accountable for this expensive mistake: The Alberta Taxpayer.
And the AHS bureaucrats just don’t get it. They promise to spare the town the cost of demolition. AHS says they will foot the bill to tear down a piece of Rocky history.
While it’s good that the town of Rocky Mountain House won’t have to absorb the half million dollar AHS boondoggle, it’s unclear why AHS thinks there is a second income stream that funds them exclusively. There is only one taxpayer in this province. The taxpayers of Rocky will be paying for this wreck whether it comes out of AHS allocated funds or their municipal taxes.
What happened in Rocky Mountain House with their town landmark is exactly what's wrong with government and Alberta Health Services in particular.
There are too many managers and not enough concern for taxpayers to bother doing their jobs properly.