It's amazing how the Town hires a planning and urban design firm from Toronto. We don't have any such people right here in this Town, surrounding area or the Region? So much for supporting businesses within our own Town or area. Such BS hypocrites. I understand how there are probably not very many staff members who are not from this Town and don't give a damn about supporting this Town, but I would think that the council members who are, could at least
look at businesses in your own backyard. Not only does this Town seem to enjoy overspending on projects, but also likes spending taxpayers money elsewhere.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 25 February 2017 at 21:41
It's not amazing.
I keep repeating.
Municipalities have no right to exist. Provincial rules and regulations circumscribe just about everything and came into being because of need.
In the Municipal Act competition must be held to fill the top jobs. . According to law,opportunity can't be restricted to residents. Professional qualifications are key.
Selection must not only be right. It must be seen to be right.
Former Councillor Grace Marsh asked once: "Evelyn, how can a Councillor know all that's needed
to make the right decisions ?"
"You have to trust staff " I answered.
It was the right answer at the time. Things changed. Staff changed . Ruleswere no longer respected. I suspect may not even have been understood. Trust could. no longer be the coin of the realm in Aurora.
Appointments were made outside the rules.
An outgoing treasurer gave three months notice. Time went by. No competition was scheduled.
Eventually, the CAO privately informed Council he had appointed a treasurer on an
He was informed appointment was by Bylaw . Authority rested with Council.
No bells clanged no difference made.
The interim pcontract expired and Council was again privately informed of appointment to the position
The bylaw was passed after the fact.
The appointment had been made over a coffee in a donut shop.
At no time later did anything occur to generate confidence in judgement exercised at that time.
Appointments were made with commensurate remuneration. A procession of consultants were hired
The pattern begun in the single Mormac term continued thereafter despite an election for change.
A purchase of culture contract worth hundreds of thousands, from a self appointed board ,occupying a municipally owned and maintained facility was continued.
A lease to a federal institution of a building required for municipal purpose was extended to thirty years.
Thetown's assumed the role of landlord with all attendant responsibilities.
An addition was planned to the town hall and a budget allocated. The process continued to stcontract award, then, prior to recommendation to council ,after $300,000 had been expended,the project was abruptly cancelled without explanation.
Specifications and contract price were both beyond approved budget. No person held accountable.
The story continued . People hired with specific credentials ,were re-organized with responsibilities
for which they had no credentials. An auditor's letter to management,official notification of mis-management called for an additional organizational shift.
Management of facilities was transferred from a person with credentials to one with none.
Hundreds of thousands were spent without obvious benefit.
The latest boondoggle is construction of a joint facility on an unsuitable site purchased for the purpose.
According to rules ,specs were prepared,bids called and a contract awarded.
Throughout construction, items were removed to stay within budget.The Green roof and system for monitoring gas useage are but a couple of examples.
The town provides free space for contractors to park vehicles and equipment. They may even have access to maintenance and parts.
A gas pump is on site to fuel town vehicles. Useage Monitoring equipment was eliminated from the project with council approval.
it has since been added to the 2017 budget at double the forecast it was eliminated from construction.
Jiggery-pokery is a phrase that comes to mind.
No matter who makes the recommendations at staff level, Council is ultimately and finally responsible.
It pays to have the right people on the job.