of the School site and buying the golf course.
The Town has a master recreation plan. Parks are more than amply provided in that neighbourhood.
Never at any time did the town anticipate a need for the property.
Since before homes were built the site was posted as a future school site.
Whatever a real estate salesman told a buyer about the future of the site, the buyer was simply not paying attention to evidence before his eyes.
If he was lied to ,he was a willing dupe.
Neighbours were using it as a dump. Dead animals dumped over the fence in broad daylight.
The contract claimed by the town was challenged by the developer.
Then for reasons unknown to the rest of us, he cut his losses and got out of Dodge.
The fact remains the town has no use for the site.
Potential revenue and development charges to control taxes are lost .
Legal fees have been expended. The price was paid out of a reserve created from taking fees in lieu of parkland from commercial or industrial developers.
Not all Councillors were initially in favour of buying the land although the one I re-call did not, needs to speak up for himself.
I've read the latest Auroran story on line. Some things don't connect. Seems an extra meeting took place to allow the developer to offer to sell the land at a price.
Sounds like the President of the Ratepayers' Association was speaking as purchaser.
Could Council have surrendered authority to the Ratepayers?
Is the matter now theirs to decide?
Or are they planning a purchase with their own resources?
Why then would a closed meeting be scheduled for Council to discuss potential purchase of a golf course?
Where are financial feasibility reports from the Town's Chief Financial Advisor?
Where would the funds come from?
How much assessment revenue would be forfeit? How many millions in development charges?
Is it a sin to think like a business?
What impact of expanding parklands by so many acres? Would Parks Department budget have to be doubled ?
Would the residents be O.K. with soccer tournaments, baseball diamonds ,tennis courts and high-powered lights to keep the fields in use until late evening. Maybe band concerts with space enough to cope with crowds at Rib Festivals.
Ah yes Rib Festivals.... Carnivale.... traffic...think of all the tourists the town could attract to swell
the coffers of local business.
To compensate for loss of the Jazz Festival.
Oh Dear Me yes....the smells and noise and the traffic of fun and frivolity.
A Community Centre could finally be built at the south end of town with. a casino occasionally to raise funds to pay for SPECIAL events like a traveling circus perhaps.... with clowns and acrobats and trailer homes
A Race course would be nice for those with a gambling bent and slot machines.
Or would the neighbours , like the Mavrinac residents, prefer to keep the space vacant for their own private enjoyment.
Like High Tor Farm at the south end of town.
So many exciting alternatives to quiet neighbourhood streets .