five potato,six potato,
Children srood in a row with hands out, rolled into fists. The counter stood in front, her hands rolled into fists would hit each fist with her alternate fist until the last count.All the others ran and hid .The last one counted had to seek the others out.
I always seemed to be the youngest. Always had to do the seeking. Seldom had the fun of hiding and spying on the seeker searching.
Don't know why that game comes to mind this morning.
We had a light agenda at Council last night . A couple of items dealt with in G.C. , I didn't think should be allowed to pass without discussion.
The first meant an add-on to the 2012 budget of $136,000. It was a project that would allow Council to be seen to be pro-active in fighting the emerald ash tree borer.
I didn't think so, I didn't think the budget should be increased on the pretext. So I encouraged Councillors, to state their reasons . .
First up was Councillor Pirrie. He said the money was coming out of the cash-in-lieu reserve fund so it would not impact the tax rate. Also by adding Option 6 to Option 1,we would be saving a million dollar.
Councillor Humphryes added , there were grants available if we had a plan in place .
Councillor Thompson said we should be pro-active.
Councillor Ballard said any time we could save a million dollars, it was a good thing to do.
Coucillor Able, at first, chose not to speak to it.The did and said he didn't agree with my position.
Councillors Able and Humphryes initiated the second option after the choice of Option 1 had been made .
There was no urgency, The pest could take ten to fifteen years to decimate ash trees on town property. An exact time could not be determined.
It would wouldn't happen overnight. It could cost 2 to 3 million dollars to replace the trees over a period of fifteen years. There are signs gnawing is underway. .
Council decided Option 1 isn't good enough by itself. We had to look like we were doing something.
That's how we voted last night.
The original plan estimated to cost 2 to 3 million dollars, give or takea buck, involves creating a tree nursery and growing replacement trees..They take seven years to be of sufficient size. .
The new plan means starting the project in the Fall of this year.
Ir's not clear how we will save a million dollars by doing so. The money cannot be properly taken from the Cash-in-lieu of parks fund. The project is in the category of asset maintenance. We do not take cash -in-lieu of parks for town maintenance..
The town treasurer volunteered Option 6 would mean trees would have the advantage of a full growing season if planted this Fall.
The director of parks and Recreation said the trees would be dormant when planted.
We didn't talk about the cockamamie idea of comforting residents upset about a tree dying in the boulevard in front of their home, by letting them provide the funds to save our tree without a guarantee.
The debate ended with a seven to one vote in favour of Option 6
With moi opposed.
The only change was the source and amount of funding.
Funds for the project , $10,000. will come from Council's contingency fund.
Now we are all set to save a million dollars with an investment of $10,000.
By Fall , with that sum in that time frame, we shall have leased a property large enough to accommodate 2,300 trees , we shall have made it ready to receive 2,300 trees, sought out a source or sources for the variety of trees needed and produced the man-power to plant 2,300 dormant trees all for the munificent price of $10,000.
We will certainly have impressed the populace.
If you believe that, I have a mature ash tree to sell, ,guaranteed by myself not to be attacked by the emerald ash tree borer.
I will give you a deal you can't refuse; the price of digging it up and taking it away. .