"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

Monday 28 October 2013

Spades Are Trumps

When  my motion on  Town Hall accommodation of Sport  Aurora was being considered  last Tuesday, Councillor Pirri proposed an amendment to terminate arrangements with  all groups
using town space,

It was not seconded.  No debate followed.  But the differences deserves to be explored.

Several organizations  have rent free leases with the Town.

Rooms are available  in theTown Hall  for voluntary organizations to hold meetings.

Space at the community centre is made available to sports  associations whose members provide
thousands of hours to make the programs available.

Theatre Aurora  occupies a building donated to the town for the purpose.The story of how the ramshackle concrete factory became a  bijou theatre can await another day.

The  Tennis Club and Lawn Bowling Club have use of a Clubhouse  built for them with funds raised by the Aurora Lion's Club.

The Highland Field used by  the Men's Soccer Club  was built  and is maintained by the Club as was the Club house.

The town has thirty hours a week use of the field for  minor soccer use.

Pine Tree Potters pay rent and made a substantial  capital investment in the space they occupy  in the

I have had vigorous discussions with the Director  of Leisure Services on the subject of free

He has been challenged to justify  town support .

His arguments  have trumped mine all but once.


Anonymous said...

He may now have to contend with that report that the town services charges are out of kilter with those of other towns. Perhaps some reining in across the board would be a good thing. Everyone gets treated the same.

Anonymous said...

"The story of how the ramshackle concrete factory became a bijou theatre can await another day."

We've heard it before...a few times.

Anonymous said...

Lots of empty space in Calgary. Rooms are being cancelled like mad. A good weekend to visit at a decent price.

Anonymous said...

Who is " we " ?
Do you now speak for everyone who reads the Blog ?

Only Stating Fact said...

18:38, "everyone who reads the Blog" has heard the story before - you can't dispute that, can you?