It was telling that the director doing the hardball negotiations, making unreasonable demands, was absent from last night's council meeting. The mayor struck a conciliatory tone, and informed the Theatre Aurora supporters that the CAO will now be in charge of the issue.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 25 May 2016 at 18:18
During the Mormac years,the re-organisation presented by the newly appointed CAO within weeks of joining the administration,responsibility for management of facilities was transferred to the Director of Environment and Infrastructure. He became responsible for facility leases.
That's how space intended for heritage got leased to a regional organisation. He had no idea.
With no other justification, status and remuneration of one director rose and fell for the other.
It was a tactic.
Not the only one.
Except for termination of the Town Solicitor, little changed after the election of 2010.
The nest prepared by the previous presiding member proved comfortable for the successor.
In practice, responsibilities were not so clearly delineated.
The Culture Precinct project was a planning responsibility that proceeded under the Director of Recreation. Whatever the reason, it's certain the Rec Director did not reach into the Planning Director's territory and scoop up the responsibility.
Someone at a higher level of responsibility gave the direction .
Of all the leases the town is partner to ,Theatre Aurora 's lease for a facility that was donated for their use, that they created with thousands of hours within forty years of volunteer effort, at no expense to the municipality,was not targeted by the Director of Recreation for appropriation.
The direction had to come from above.
My guess is another group wants access to the theatre.
Either a Councillor or friend of a Councillor.
The truth of it may never be known by the public.
I've lost a comment about how things compare to the way they were in the seventies.
I intended to respond. I would like it re-sent if that's possible.