"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday, 17 October 2014

It rained on the way home.

Council gathered yesterday for  a photo-op at the drill shed in the Town Park. And a musty smelly old  bachle of a building  it is !

How could it not be? Small  dark compartments have been built along the outside wall facing the park....shutting out  what little natural light  there was and no doubt air circulation as well.

A small door and a huge wide, ground to roof garage door built for personnel carrier trucks provide access direct from the street.

Council never did get a figure on cost of  heat and light. Closest resemblance to the building is the Aurora Memorial Arena that was.  It burned down in the early sixties. A new one was constructed by 1967.I doubt the drill shed could be built by to-day's building code.

A false ceiling  encloses pipes above  wrapped in asbestos ....apparently safe enough if not disturbed.

Sturdiest  thing on the property is the big blue plaque designating  the shed Ontario Heritage.

 Honorable Member Lois Brown MPP was present to hand over  the key. Like presenting a gift.

No sign though of the half million dollar cheque paid to the federal government to return property taken from the town in the first place. A hundred and forty years ago.

All that time they had  use of it and we paid them to give it back with nary a whimper.

A figure if $128,000 has been provided for immediate repairs. It might be enough if Councillors
themselves go out with tool belts, hard hats and construction boots. You wouldn't find me on that roof
hitting nails into shingles.

I might take photos though.

If I ever write a sunshine sketch on this little town  this will not be a sunny patch.


Anonymous said...

There are some jokes about the missing candidate. Some say he was out looking for a pitch-fork to help his campaign.

Anonymous said...

Sheesh, didn't he approve of that project either ?