What's funny is that it was Gallo who started this shit show. But it was Dawe who benefitted.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 22 July 2016 at 23:54
John Gallo's alliance with the Mormac regime and what he learned from them no doubt helped with the votes he received in the last two elections.
As long as citizens make unreasonable demands, candidates willing to sell their souls will continue to do well in politics. Such voters contribute as much to venality in politics as such lcandidates.
Gallo was not elected when the Mavrinac development subdivision agreement was signed.he ah no even have been a resident.
I wasn't on Council either but I've seen enough to know how it happened.
A subdivision agreement is standard procedure, the domain of legal staff and in accordance
with requirements of the Planning Act.
In the 2003/6 term I witnessed an aberration. Council sold a small parcel of land once thought to be in developable. It was on the far side of the Hydro corridor and formerly owned by a group called Old Park Holdings. Access was not possible at the time ownership was transferred to the town many years previous.
In the agreement of sale , a Councillor insisted a clause be inserted stipulating ,if the plan for a small town house complex for seniors did not proceed, the land must be sold back to the town at the
price paid. It was a conditional sale.
The town's interim solicitor advised against the clause. The Councillor insisted. With one exception
the rest of Council agreed and the developer signed.
The Plan proceeded to the point of obtaining mortgage money to finance the development.
The bank said no . The land title was not clean.
Back they had to come to the town. The agreement had to be revised. The clause removed.
No doubt the clause requiring the unwanted school site to be sold to the town was inserted
under similar circumstance. The Planning Act does not permit the town to demand more than
5% of developable land for a park.
None of the staff were aware of the redundant clause. Gallo would not either without being told
by the former Councillor responsible.
Even the developer must have signed it unaware of its existence.
Why would he? The Separate School Board had,years before, indicated their need for the site.
So the thing slipped through until the day came Gallo was able to use it to his advantage.
Not for long. Dawe and Able and Humfreys and Gaertner were soon on the bandwagon.and funds were provided to fight a legal battle.
From a developer's standpoint, a legal dispute with a municipality is never to their advantage nor
to the municipality either. The municipality had time on their side and to a builder, time is money.
So politics at its worst proceeded inexorably.
With politicians and Mavrinac residents both declaring eminent righteousness of a totally fallacious cause.