Delay expected in the hiring of a Economic Development Officer
Today on CJPR radio news I heard Randy Spencer tell us that the Mayor told council we should not hire an Economic Development Officer (EDO) as planned and much anticipated, before the end of the year, after all. We should wait until May of next year (2013) before doing so. No reason was given by Randy as to why, thereby in typical fashion giving us only half the story?
If this wasn’t bad enough the Mayor also stated he thought the newly formed Economic Development Board (EDB) should be disbanded, until May 2013, also.
In an economically depressed area such as ours, for a Mayor and council to think economic development is such a low priority that it can wait until 2.5 years into their 3 year term, speaks volumes as to the major disconnect of how out of touch they really are with our community and its real and urgent needs. Never mind the fact they put the cart in front of the horse with their unconscionable tax and spend policies that have been both controversial and costly with no way of paying for them now, except by way through local residents pocketbooks.
Talk by some of the boys at one of the watering-holes this morning is that despite all the on-going and never-ending pie in the sky promises by this Mayor and CAO, regarding a major new hotel development, manufacturing plant and heavy industry (which you would think an EDO and an EDB would be urgently needed and wanted?), that maybe this is a way for them to keep the lid on the fact ‘nothing’ concrete is happening (maybe, also, that is why they didn’t want me on the EDB? Only family and friends) with these so-called developments. Buying for time and hoping for a miracle, are we?
Add to the above the timing (Christmas Holidays) and reasoning for this major turnabout and whether or not the Ratepayers Petition and/or the Municipal Affairs Investigation has anything to do with this decision? So many questions and no answers?
One thing this Mayor and council has been really good at is keeping people in the dark, allowing rumours and speculation to run rampant, thereby fueling the fires of discontent against them. You would think that by now one of their expensive consulting firms would’ve given them a heads up in this regard? But no, it seems all the expensive advice they are getting on our dime is lacking in one important area the ‘experts’ can’t seem to pass on or come to terms with… good ol’ fashioned “common sense”.
Oh Me, Oh My, What’s Going On?
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