In response to you font page headline of September 12, “Council nor riding horse in same direction”…perhaps you could create a cartoon depicting three individuals driving a donkey pulling a buggy with two people as passengers with the headline “Can you spot the Jackasses?”
Some individuals of this council are adopting a McGuinty/Obama approach to spending our hard earned tax dollars. Council is supposed to be accountable to “We the people” especially when large outlandish expenditures are brought forward.
The “High School Project” appears to have close ties to the Federal Government F-35 procurement for fighter jets. It will cost more than first quoted, will it be sustainable and are they in damage repair mode to cover their a…?
Ottawa has the same problem–the Landsdown project will be way over budget, too…McGuinty spent $600 million to move a power plant to pick up votes…Should taxpayers be responsible for all the “politicians’ errors”?
Were our mayor and council not brave enough to put this to the people before they decided to renovate the old school?
As quoted in a “Complimentary Issue” of the Cornwall Standard Freeholder dated September 20, Stephen MacDonald estimated $7.5 for a new building…Is this for a replica of Boldt Castle?
Also, are there not enough qualified contractors in South Dundas to erect a suitable, cost effective, no frills building that will fill the needs of our council? I think there are.
Looking at the beautiful homes in our municipality, large farm buildings and the large storage bins for crops, we know we have a lot of deserving contractors capable of providing what we need.
Did everyone involved (elected and non-elected) officials brainstorm to look at every possible scenario for this needed space for employees? Was it every under consideration to build an addition on the building that has been home to our municipal business for a number of years?
Perhaps the Lutheran Church could have sold them additional adjoining land to make additions possible?
We, the tax payers have had a first hand look at large projects that had problems…the water treatment plant. Who was on the hook for replacing the sub-standard stainless steel? Who was accountable for reimbursement from the ones in charge?
Another example is the apartment complex in the west end of Williamsburg–flooded basements, leaking window etc.
Again, referring to the article in the Standard Freeholder, the awarded contractor “has some suggest cuts to lower the expense.”
Just what we need, more short cuts that may cause future problems and more expense.
Were there not any suggested short cuts in reference to the $7.5 million dollar “Trump Tower” that was also discussed?
We the taxpayers are daily reminded to lower our spending in these uncertain times and fiscal restraints are a must. Our Mayor, as quoted in the Standard Freeholder (Complimentary Issue) states, “But in the end, I hope it is the right thing to do.”
That sounds as comforting as being a passenger on an ocean liner speeding toward an iceberg field at full speed.
Why are we emptying our reserves to fulfill a fantasy while our infrastructure is crumbing–storm sewers need to be fixed, roads need repairs, docking facilities have been in disrepair for some time, bridge repairs, disposal sites are filling up
These projects, along with trying to hold line on property and business taxes, should be considered important. Oh yes, we will ask the government for funding!!! This too dries up…Will we ever see a front page headline that says “Mayor and council listen to people’s opinions”?
Granted, there are still some sentimental ties to the old high school. But the next generations and new people moving in to the community will not treasure it as past and present generations do.
Our grandchildren will be paying for this, and it means nothing to any of them.
Will more space mean more employees, more municipal vehicles, building administrator and support staff, larger cleaning and maintenance staff?
The larger building will mean more heating and cooling costs, elevator maintenance, insurances and programs, not to mention all new furniture and on and on …
Perhaps we should adopt Donald Trump’s method of proving competence. You are given a challenge to prove yourself. If you fail, “you’re fired”…but give our money back first.
Tomorrow, Thursday, October 6, we go to the polls to elect our provincial government. For some, it seems to have been an election that has garnered little interest…although some sources indicate it has been heating up in the last couple of days. Be sure to exercise your right to vote and choose the person you most feel will represent us the best. What is that term the kids use in their chats…oh yeah…lol. It stands for something like ‘laughing out loud’.
My gosh the days are getting shorter, aren’t they. Monday, the alarm went, and I was sure (completely and positively sure) something had gone wrong with the clock. In fact, with eyes still closed and curled up in the warmth of the comforter, I informed the hubby “there had to be something wrong with the clock.” It was still dark outside and there was no way it was time to get up. A quick trip to the kitchen to check the clock there finally convinced us. Why even the animals weren’t yet up and going, and for sure the cat is always ready for her breakfast as soon as the first alarm sounds. If we don’t move fast enough, she usually hits the bed and perches impatiently on a pillow above our heads until we do get going.
This weekend many of our young folks return home for Thanksgiving, (generally their first good meal since they left for school way back at the start of September) and for the graduation exercises at ‘dear old’ Seaway High on Friday night.
That being said, it’s time to talk turkey. Roast turkey with all the fixings. Better yet, roast turkey with all the fixins and some pumpkin pie. Just a few thousand calories, but who’s counting. Following Thanksgiving, we have 74 days to work off a few pounds before the next big turkey time, with all the fixins, that takes place in late December. That’s right just 74 days until Christmas. Can you believe it?
That means we have to get going…squeeze in those last few games of golf, clear out the flower beds, put away the garden furniture, complete the fall house cleaning and re-hang the Christmas lights. And for some of us there is a lot of juggling as we are knee-deep in hockey and curling and all of our favourite winter activities.
Where does the time go. Any wonder we don’t believe the alarm clock when it sounds off to tell us it is time to get up. lol…..
"Summertime and the living is easy…"
My thanks to George Gershwin for this wonderful song. Perhaps you have enjoyed a wonderful long weekend of garage sales or planting a garden or flowers, or doing nothing or something else.
Whatever you were doing or not doing, I hope that you had a moment to be open to the presence of the Spirit. Sometimes we are too busy in work or leisure to think about the One who brought this all into being. The One who is Wholly Love for all creation.
The following psalm from Edward Hays in his book Prayers of a Planetary Pilgrim is one of my favourites for this time of year.
I hope that you find yourself in this song.
A Summer Sunset Psalm
O Beloved Friend and Earth Designer,
this day’s light is seeping away,
and dark night crouches
beneath the amber horizon.
I am tired from work of this warm day,
but not so weary that I can forget
this day’s rich harvest of gifts.
I lift up my heart to you,
singing a sunset song of gratitude.
I praise you for the blessings that fill my life,
for the gifts I can recall
and for treasures I take for granted.
Gently refresh me now
with your evergreen pardon
for my failure to drink deeply of your love,
hidden cleverly in each gift
that has come my way today.
Forgive my rushing past
the countless visions of you, unique to this day,
held so tenderly in the beauty of your love.
Forgive my absent-mindeness, the deafness of my ears,
my senses blinded by my busyness today.
Blessed are you, Holy Parent,
who will soon wrap me in sleep
and cradle me in the womb of your peace.
Take a moment, breathe in and let that breath out, knowing that God is as close to you as the breath that you breathe. Give God thanks for another day and for this glorious season of summer.
Peace and Blessings
Rev. Arlyce Schiebout
Lakeshore United Church