"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

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

RENE'S CAFE

ITAnonymous has left a new comment on your post "YES, VIRGINIA DARLING...INDEED THEY HAVE": 

"Aurora Soccer Club, a multi-million private commercial operation, is now requesting the town lease the warehouse facility for their purpose. 

My guess would be, Sport Aurora is lobbying also for that request/demand."

Wrong, again! It is ACTUALLY Sport Aurora that has been pressing the Town to buy/lease the former Hallmark building.

Also, when did the Aurora Soccer Club become "a multi-million private commercial operation"? It is - and has been since 1954 - a soccer and social club (the hint is in the name). 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 2 May 2016 at 15:17

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Listen to me carefully. I will say this  only waance .( spoken with heavy fake French accent)

In 2003 after fourteen years, I came back. 

To equip a boy for hockey and pay registration fees was beyond many families. Other factors contributed and soccer became game of choice.  

Gossip swirled about a power struggle within the organisation.Councillors receive many confidences.  It was my business because of families involved and facilities required.

It was said,executive  officers were regularly dumped  for asking awkward question and expecting answers.

Such was the business of the membership but I listened. I asked questions.It's a chickenshit Councillor who doesn't pay attention to what's going on in the neighbourhood. 

Demand for fields was  excessive .We had the best and recovering cost was sometimes problematic. 

The town received a request to lend  funds to renovate a suite of offices leased by the Soccer Outfit. 

Volunteer sports organisation don't have offices and full time staff. The request was denied.

A manager, professional coaches and office staff were on the payroll. World-wide soccer tournaments were part of the program. I think that's where the glossy magazine chock-a-block with lucrative advertising began.

Fees for  recreation soccer were $140. or more and thousands registered. 

A soccer bubble,erected on town land ,COST the town $50,000 a year ,produced no revenue but provided year round facilities for soccer. 

The soccer group complained about the cost of using it. 

A computer registration program was sold for a handsome return. 

Retirement of the long-time president was announced.

Soon a competing organisation was created  with demands for equal access to town facilities for imembers. We'd gone through that with a privately operated swim club. It was a nightmare.

It was not entertained by Council. 

With support of the new Council  a new lobbying organisation was created. Sport Aurora was organized complete  with magazine. Membership costs thousands. More organizations were from out of town than in. ...with free office space within the town hall 

Last week, we learned  Aurora  Minor Hockey and Aurora Junior Soccer have finally been persuaded to join. 

Today we learn, from the comment above, Sport Aurora is  the group pressuring Aurora to buy or lease the Hallmark building for year round access to facilities for their members. 

Why don't they buy or lease the building?

Aurora families being used as a front once again. 

If successful, the next step will be to lobby for tax -supported community user fees for outfits having nothing to do with the Town of Aurora. 

But what the hell....Why should they be different to the Mavrinac outfit , Highlands' erstwhile neighbours, Historical Society,  Culture Vultures ,Cell tower opponents and  whoever else is invited
by Council with an eye to votes , to loot the town treasury, as a matter of right.  

You watch. See if I'm right. See how high they jump!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting for the Town owned ice cream shop. Maybe if a lobby group was created, we can get it quicker. It can be located in the Cultural Precinct (The Armoury would be perfect), so that it can get a cultural/heritage grant. The building can be renovated or built with one of those "Leeds" designation, so that we can get an environmental grant. We can ask the Mayor if he has any money left from the Golf tournament. It would also cover the "improve the quality of life" for all Aurorans, so that would satisfy all departments and committees of the Town for approval. Hey! It can be used as one of the lures for a hotel to come into Town.

Christopher Watts said...


Back in this February piece ( http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=13436 ) we learn that SportAurora's hallmark proposal "raised a few questions around the table at last week’s General Committee meeting, including the feasibility of retrofitting the building to meet these needs and any structural challenges that might be encountered along the way."

When first proposed back in August of last year ( http://www.yorkregion.com/sports-story/5796733-sport-aurora-pitches-plan-for-former-hallmark-building-to-aurora-council/ ) delegates couldn't comment on retrofits. The question is why not? It appears there were some base numbers being thrown about that didn't get shared with council. When reviewing the Aurora-King baseball meeting minutes ( http://www.akba.ca/site/ClientSite/article/1392224 ) for June of 2015 we see item # 4. Indoor Facility:

"*Confidential* request brought forward by Dave G. to possibly share a building facility on
VanDorf Sideroad. It involves the Volleyball Associations (requires 35 foot ceiling). It is a 200,000 square foot facility. They contacted other Aurora sports groups to gauge interest.
The Summer 365 sports facility in Newmarket closed as of June 6. It could cost
$8.50/square foot and baseball would require 50,000 square feet. AKBA concern is how
much will the Town of Aurora subsidize."

Then one month later in July's meeting item # 3. Potential for Sports Facility, starts to fill in some scope:

"It would cost $50K per column to remove columns in the building. Costs can be amortized over 10 years. It appears that a new sports facility is not being developed to replace Sport 365 in Newmarket."

$50K per column, so what is the number of columns needed to be removed?

Strangely enough the plan wasn't attached to the Council agenda for August delegation. Also it does not appear on the Sport Aurora website.

However TennisinAuurora has the drawings for 3 plans.

Plans 1 ( http://www.tennisinaurora.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/hallmark-building-fp-1.jpg ) and 2 ( http://www.tennisinaurora.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/hallmark-building-fp-2.jpg ) look to cut 50 columns. Cost = $2.5 Million.

Baseball would need to remove 6, representing their share of the cost to be $300,000.

Plan 3 http://www.tennisinaurora.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/hallmark-building-fp-3.jpg looks to only cut 12 columns for a cost of only $600,000, but there is no baseball.

These figures are estimates of costs just to retrofit one element of a building that the town does not own.

How much the Town of Aurora will subsidize isn't just a concern for a single sports group, but the entire town.

Anonymous said...

You are confusing two separate organizations. The Aurora Soccer Club is for senior players (adult men & women), while the Aurora Youth Soccer Club is for kids (although they are now also fielding a senior side).