Well, July’s Municipal Newsletter was released today and as usual the Mayor’s Corner consists of the usual rant against the residents he was elected to serve. Except this month there is a hidden bombshell of a time-bomb that goes off in our faces about half way through. But first, let me deal with it in ascending order.
The mayor’s analysis of what went wrong with respect to our recent flood situation by way of passing the buck with fault blaming and the need for yet another Mayor’s Task Force, while still coming across as totally oblivious to what his highly paid administration lacked in dealing with this situation this time around, and that is a “volunteer base” having “historic knowledge”.
“As such I will be calling for a motion to begin the annexation process with the M.D. of Ranchland at the July 16th Council meeting. I hope the Council agrees with me, as I hope you do. It will, if approved, be a long and grueling process (at least two years), but it needs to be done.”
No public consensus here, just more one-man show from the man who knows best. Never mind Ranchland’s warnings to him about assuming huge costs and responsibilities without having any guaranteed revenue streams if proposed mines in fact do ^not materialize. Once again, we see the cart being put in front of the horse, as with what we have seen already with monies spent willy nilly on a top heavy administration, reorganization of fire departments, volunteer community boards and facilities, policies, bylaws, etc. in anticipation of a much heralded economic boom in these parts that has yet to materialize.
Now here is where the bombshell tucked away half way through the Mayor’s Corner, almost as an insignificant after thought, comes in. There is no longer any sales contract (if there ever was one? Despite untold legal costs) with Medican and therefore no future hotel development for the CLC site. Surprise, surprise! Not really, as I have been saying that since day one (which can easily be verified by doing a google search below in my archives under Medican). For example: Medican Hotel Open House: The circus is in town
Interesting enough, just yesterday I was advocating that the municipality should terminate this contract with Medican, sub-divide the property selling off the old hospital portion, while retaining the newer section for a possible use as an Assisted Living Facility. Mr. Mayor, hold off on that bulldozer
With just a little over two months remaining before we are into an election this mayor should not hamstring any future mayor and council by entering into any further agreements, spending $50,000 for a right to build(?), or clearing the property. Leave well enough alone. You’ve had your chance over the last three years and failed miserably, don’t add to this disaster.
More pie-in-the-sky promises that with this mayor have proven to be a dime a dozen. Nothing to see here folks, move along.
A commenter on a previous post said it best “I object strongly to your inability to handle valid criticism with any response but name-calling and a defensive tirade inspired by anger.” A suggestion this mayor should seriously take under consideration… I know I did.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.