Business, business, business...blah, blah, blah.
The town is NOT a business - it is a community of people.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 13 December 2015 at 20:07y
If we follow this logic the town is a philanthropic society with an inexhaustible source of funds . Essential difference being the source is not voluntary. People's pockets can be picked at will.
The view above is obviously shared, not least by members of this, the last and previous to last Council.
It started with the traffic control plan for the north-east "Heritage quadrant" which the Mayor of the day described obsequiously as " a special neighbourhood"
When the the bid of $ 311.thousand, to build obstacles, with road reconstruction,sidewalks and lighting, Council was stunned. Consultant estimate was $100 thousand.
Staff were directed by the Mayor to knock on doors in the quadrant and warn residents the bid could be rejected.
At the following meeting , the Council chamber was jammed with furious and determined residents.
A parent brought a photo of his child and insisted Council was responsible for his security.
One after another, Councillors caved under the pressure managed by the chair, and approved the
After the next election and defeat of the Mayor,her chief cohort and two others, $89 thousand were expended to remove the chicanes but the elaborately dead-ended streets remained closed.
Shades of things to come.
The abiding principle of road design is for traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently. The town spent $311.thousand to achieve precisely the opposite.
Stuff like that kept happening. Staff responsibile to provide professional advice were shown the door and replaced with others who perceived their role as political rather than professional.
To the point of paying outside legal counsel for political chicanery.
The electorate eventually ruled the conduct unacceptable. A new Council was elected.
Unfortunately little else changed.
Practices established by the 2003/7 Council proved politically convenient to the new.
Foolish schemes and devious aims proliferated.Councillor Gaertner's philosophy of giving "the peoplewhat they want " was a definite direction.
Growth is the business of an urban centre . Assesment is the meat and potatoes of municipal finances. Millions are budgeted for professional management ...function being to promote growth in an orderly fashion and within planning law.
Buying land specifically to prevent development is not one of the rules.
Neither is leasing a valuable property at a loss to another level of government for some airy-fairy notion of status.
Nor is forking over more than half a million dollars to the same sharp-shooters for a contaminated building.
To say nothing of some Johny-come-lately cockamamie notion of almost a million dollar purchase of culture like it's a manufactured product.