"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

Sunday 6 October 2013


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The Gift That Keeps On

" Dropped on them out of the blue " Really? Did it not occur to them that
they might be inconvenienced by the renovation of the buildimg.

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 6 October 2013 18:35


We will hear on Tuesday from  aflc users and why they are upset. We are already hearing by e-mail. . I hope the  anonymous comment is not a  hint  of their reception  from Council. 

I must say it sounds like it
I read it  and an old thought  re-occurred. 

The original decision was to  choose the location and retain an architect. Funds estimated for the project were  $4.2 million. The main advantage of that option was availability of a site. Buying a new location would have cost more it was thought. 

Teen space was to be new and occupy land in front of the building

I did not vote for it for reasons expressed at the time. I thought it was penny wise and pound foolish. 

Council  approved funding and authorized  the competition to choose an architect.

In July a new recommendation  was  advanced to approve $ 2.6 million additional funds.
It occurs to me now,  a potential increase to that extent, would dictate a run past the Mayor first before the plan was even formulated.

It would certainly have been vetted by the Executive Management Team and signed off on by the Chief Administrative Officer.

It was  two thirds on the way to approval before it  even  hit an agenda.

And a  jam-packed agenda it was.  As was the previous  and the one before that.None  of which were completed although  we burned the midnight oil repeatedly.

Many decisions were weighty. None received the attention they deserved.

When I cast my mind back  over the summer it seems Council's role  in the process  has been  substantially diminished.

It has never been more obvious.

My argument for a stay... and time to review... was dismissed.

Councillor  Abel suggested it was nothing but a delaying tactic. I was opposed to  the project from the beginning.  He  hinted I was aligning myself with the  opposition who have their own agenda.

The comments were offensive but I did not take offense. Councillor  Abel changes his argument so  

often it's like a spinning roulette wheel....round and round it  goes... where  it stops nobody knows.

The point is , I believe  the impetus for the decision made  in July was in play long before the recommendation hit the table.

No one person  was responsible for the changes in the plan.

Not the architect. Not the Director.

If Councillors outside the circle didn't know the extent of the change how could   users
have  anticipated  how  greatly the facility would be altered.

I don't think the decision  was made for the benefit of teens or other groups who use the centre.

I think the  decision was a political imperative.


Anonymous said...

This Council spends our money as though it were printed in the basement of the Church Street School.

Anonymous said...

It seems impossible to assign responsibility around here. The creation of a ' team ' at the top of staff fudges the lines. And no one signs onto an agenda item -it just appears out of nowhere with no information about its history or backers. Sometimes there is a throw-away remark from Mayor Dawe
" I have met with these individuals & believe they have the town's interest in mind. "

Anonymous said...

Maybe Council needs to do a re-think. All of them. Instead of buying land for town staff buildings & thinking about buying into some Heritage Park, they should concentrate on the land & buildings already owned. Fix them, sell them, bull-doze them, build on them. I don't care which. Make do with what's on hand. Stop the free flow of taxpayers' money.

Anonymous said...

The most nuanced switcher is Councillor Thompson. Ignore him at your peril. He began with the Centre controversy . That deal with St .Andrews was a complete turn-around and deferring the decision on the old Library lands was very smooth indeed.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to be able to say that members of council were ept at times, rather than inept.

Oh well.

We can dream.

Anonymous said...

Checked out the Agenda. You are getting a delegation from STORM. Check out their funding sources [ a few donations from individuals ] & aims. A duplication of another provincially funded outfit, I believe but I could be wrong. It will be the same old faces pre-programed to try & guilt Council into doing thing ' their ' way.

Anonymous said...

As opposed to council doing things YOUR way?

Anonymous said...

That is untrue. I dislike bullies of any ilk. Repeated offenders are the worst.