City council meeting March 2, 2015
As expected, the motion re collaboration between Council and the Boards of Ed passed without comment except from the mayor who remarked that if we don’t like it, we will kill it.
However, the city has a major problem ahead of it and it is waterfront. With councillor Hutchison’s motion( worked out with the mayor) to kill the Wellington St. Extensions from Bay to Montreal, that puts the extension third in line for expenditure after the Marine Museum/Dry doc and K. P. All merit attention, all are waterfront properties, all are properties the city is on record as determined to protect. It is indeed unfortunate that they all occur at roughly the same time. All, undoubtedly will be discussed as the City determines its priorities in late March. At the very least, the city should secure public access to our waterfront. At the most all properties should become public green spaces, revenue neutral to the city and perhaps even add a bit to the coffers of the City. After all, one of the priorities embraced for 2011-2014 was the protection and creation of green spaces. The city has created a Waterfront action Committee and is slowly working its way along the waterfront seeking public input, with a view to presenting the Waterfront Master Plan to the Arts, Recreation and Community policies Committee in the fall of 2015. The devil, as always, is in the details. The Marine Museum property is very complicated. If Councillor Stroud. succeeds in carrying the rest of Council to buy the property, the issue is likely to have the weight of the K-Rock centre in dividing the community. Can this Community stand such a division?
This is what Councils are elected to do- to take on difficult issues and decide them.
On another subject the ‘mouth’ Councillor Neill moved a motion to have committees as appointed by council, to meet. The motion was passed over the Mayor’s objection 7/5. Clearly a contentious issue. I think this is mainly a question of K EA F.which has not met since appointed. Allegedly, since staff have no questions for its agenda? Can a committee only meet at the discretion of staff? Councillor Neill was correct. the majority of Council agreed with him.
In a final note, Paul Schliesmann, the last vestige of the ‘old whig’ and perennial reporter of all things to do with city hall has had an heart attack. You- you know who you are- the print oriented people who depend(still) on the Whig’s coverage of City Hall, regret his replacement by Elliot Ferguson. But let’s give Ferguson and the Whig a chance.