There must be a great story around the solicitor. Takes guts or insanity to just turf the whole thing.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 13 April 2016 at 03:26
In the most recent story about the golf course, Susan Walmer emerged as organizer par excellence. Households abutting the golf-course are asked to contribute $600. to the fund for legal standing at
the OMB Hearing.
A comment since indicates the fund-raising net is cast wider still .
Susan was a close associate of the former Mayor and heavily involved in the last OMB hearing that
OPPOSED a proposed golf course out on Leslie Street. The process was hugely extended with several court challenges to an OMB decision that a joint environmental board hearing was not required.
Ms Walmer not only associated with the Mayor, she had direct access to town external legal counsel. Staff reported cost of the proceedings in their entirety was $680.000. I never believed that total.
But now the thing is, last heard ,Walmer was manager of an Oak Ridges Moraine Trust outfit. One of two empowered to accept land from land-owners, in return for its value in tax rebates.The land
comes under control of the Trust which decides access the community may or may not have and under what conditions.
A parcel known as the McLeod property came under Trust jurisdiction during the Mormac years.
It seems that's how Walmer's job was created.
After ten years ,the property was to be accessible to the community. In return, the town signed a maintenance agreement. It was one sweet deal for the Trust and a significant financial drain to
the town. Tax revenue was lost and a new burden of maintenance assumed. Last heard was a demand for a fence to be built to "secure" the area.
Now here's the evil thought that enters my head this morning.
The golf course is 100 acres.The development proposed is for fifty,leaving fifty green and giving away land to abutting homeowners who have encroached. Density would have to double to fully realize the asset. Roads would be minimized.
Developers don't give up anything. Profits must be maintained for business to be viable.
The point I'm getting to is, who will own and control the fifty green acres that causes the other fifty to be densely developed with inadequate road designs.
An early decision of this Council was for no new hires to keep taxes in check.
Since then ,they kept acquiring properties ,including Mavrinac 6 acres. Not always with an acknowledged purpose in mind.
Private land converted to public comes out of the black side of the municipal ledger and goes into the red. It's a double whammy.
Does Susan Walmer, Manager of the Oak Ridge Trust outfit, plan to gain from hiring a legal team with other people's money, to hold over the head of a developer at an OMB hearing ,to delay and perhaps spoil the chance of developing half of the former golf course.
Who will instruct the lawyers ? How will they be instructed? To what end ?
It will not be clear.
The town will spend money defending a non-decision. I don't know how one does that.
What role for the greenhorn Council and dispassionate Mayor to play in the drama?
Has Susan drawn them a picture? Written them a script?
The developer might ask for costs.
Residents will pay twice. In taxes and contribution to the legal fund.
Will the Moraine Trust be standing at the door,collection plate extended waiting for a deed?
Where is the town's former legal counsel? Why did he leave us?
If the story is kosher,why have we not heard?