Continuing on from my post about multi-use-facility give back. Let’s take a look at the resulting financial consequences caused by Lloyd and Coopers voting plus Sandberg, Chadwick and Edwards flip-flop in 2004:
The soccer pitches on leased lands so we have paid those lease payments for 9 years. The lease payments would not have happened because part of the Multi Use Facility deal was purchasing that land for $840k. Those leased lands purchased by the current council in 2012 dollars instead of 2004 dollars. $14 million on tent #1 and tent #2. The temporary outdoor rink with foundations put in. The monies shelled out for the old Contact Centre before it closed, the monies dumped into Centennial pool on its infrastructure before the tent decision. The standalone library that would have been part of the Multi Use on 10th line. It adds up to millions of dollars and it more than exceeds the amount that would have been our portion for the multi-use facility in 2004 which was $16 million of $24 million and would have opened in 2008. Think of the money the parents have spent driving backwards and forwards to Feversham and Wasaga Beach and Creemore because of the lack of ice time locally.
Our town could have had their recreational facilities in 2008 and the baseball players wouldn’t have had their fields taken away. A dog park at Mountainview. A soccer pitch at Mountainview. The Y continuing to service the swimming needs of the east side of town, while the Multi Use Facility services the needs of the west side of town and also serves as changing rooms and base for Collingwood United Soccer Club. Our kids could have still had an outdoow pool option at Mountainview. The arena downtown could have been refurbished as the towns 2nd ice surface or by now 10th line phase 2 would have kicked in. Soccer bubble at PRA administered and run by the town as part of the towns recreation facility stable.
I am an uneducated dolt as far as Chadwick is concerned, but the above is what I call a cohesive recreation plan for our town and a multitude of missed opportunities.
This council is the most fiscally incompetent bunch ever to hold seats in Collingwood. Look into the distant past and it explains what has happened this past year. We are re-living their fiscally demonstrated ineptitude. Do it once, do it right, this is the 2nd, 3rd or 4th attempt of sound recreational investment by the same incompetent faces and they still have not got it right. The domino effect from 2004 by a majority of the same people will haunt us all for decades.
You the voting public of this town need to get involved, be informed and make these people accountable next year. All some of us can do is point this stuff out you are the ones that hold the ultimate “big stick”.