Retaining lead staff and governing practices were not the only surprisesof Mayor Dawe's first term, considering the reason for his election .
The previous term had been tortuous with numerous personnel biting the dust along the trail. Almost without exception, replacements were individuals who knew what was expected of them and the
wellbeing of the municipality was not it.
The clerk's position was an exception. The Municipal Act spells out responsibility of the clerk'soffice and requires legal conformity. Certification is required.
Replacements of questionable fit,repeated re-organizations and increased dependence on consultants became the critical norm within the Dawe administration as with the previous council. With few exceptions, staff could no longer be depended upon to keep the municipality operating on an even keel.
Now I have a confession to make. I have been paying scant attention to town affairs since I
stopped writing the blog.
I learned of termination of the Director of Environment and Infrastructure by phone last week. The news prompted a post
To-night I started reading The Auroran on line to catch up and learned a final report on the Joint Centre had been presented and concerns were raised. One of the items removed from the contract with Council approval is included in 2017 budget. Numbers and explanations do not co-ordinate.
The greenhouse floor is also missing, as well as the green roof on the building . The Gold Standard.
But we awarded a contract with all of these items included in the price. Every last fol-de-rol was was included in the project. No expense was spared.
Then came news of the Director's termination. It made sense. It would have made more sense if a person of adequate credentials had been appointed to the Director's position in the first place.
That was true of so many.
But what is also true is the Mayor chaired an financial oversight committee of the Joint Centre build.
A management consultant was hired to supervise. How many people are needed to create an
Watching the appointment process of President of the Good Old USA to his cabinet has a similar surreal quality of familiarity and foreboding.
A long list of comings and goings and shifts about over the last ten years has never bode well for the municipality's interest.
Every one has a story.
All of it bizarre.
The tax bill arrived in the mail today.
Without doubt it is twice as much as it needs to be for half as much value.
Councillor Kim posted on Facebook of proposing the addition of an Economic Development Board similar to Aurora Library Board and Aurora Cultural Centre Board .That means another budget item in
Oh Lordy Lordy
An economic development department with at least two persons is already on the payroll.
The CAO's office has a planner for "Special projects"
The Historical Society has a budget hand-out of thousands to spend as they will to promote town heritage with negligible results.
A minimal museum program and two curators are on the payroll .
The planning department includes a heritage planner to protect heritage.
Aurora Arboretum has authority to spend hundreds of thousands of tax dollars.
Nigh on a million dollars is about to be dropped into a hole in the ground under Leslie Street.
And If I'm going to keep posting ,I have homework to catch up on.