It was maddening to watch. The Town knew they would lose the OMB. They funded it anyway. I believe it cost $1 million + court costs. Who wants to bet council will fund this?
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 7 December 2015 at 21:32
I wouldn't bet Council will accept the offer to purchase the golf course $98.1million.
I understand however why some residents surrounding the gold course think they should.
Although it costs more ,it's actually the same principle to buying the school site on Mavrinac.
The town went to court to force the developer to sell that land. There was no municipal need forthe land but those neighbours didn't want it to be developed either.
Former Councillor John Gallo knocked on doors and told people it should be a park . That was all they needed. He organized the lobby, so to speak, and one after the other, Councillors jumped on the bandwagon and made it happen.
The town paid what it cost and were applauded for so doing.
Like the indoor tennis facility. Almost a million a year buys culture from a self-appointed organization in a town-owned and maintained facility.
Why shouldn't tennis players, who may also come from all over the place have similar
A million dollar baseball field was built because of desperate need. Turns out there aren't enough local ballplayers in town so the King club joins the Aurora Club to make it more viable and get free use of facilities paid for by Aurora taxpayers, not King.
It makes sense therefore... with an election in the offing and some Councillors assuring residents of their willingness to acquire the golf club as a park, that is the direction it would go.,
The developer,seeing no resolve on Council's part to do otherwise, has brought the matter to a head and offered to sell at market value. Though it does appear the Ratepayers may be the intended potential purchasers. Not likely but that's how the conversation was reported.
The town has the Mavrinac land, Hallmark Card land, the drill shed , the old library the old firehall , serviced employment lands at the 404 ,debenture debt on the Stronach Centre and the Joint Works and Parks Facility which I hear is millions over budget and Council wants to slow down development for which development charges though not yet collected, have already been spent.
We also have a ten million dollar property on the Industrial Parkway but we've tied that up in a thirty year lease with the Federal Department of National Defense. We don't even get the grant in lieu of taxes because we own the property. Same thing with the drill shed. Revenue forfeit.
The question is, where would the money come from to buy the golf club for the surrounding residents who have the same right to be indulged as anyone else in town?
I mean, where does it all end?