I haven’t seen such a display of tap dancing since Fred Astaire danced his way across the silver screen in “The Sky’s the Limit”. We members of the audience were even clapping, cheering and booing on queue.
It was very entertaining actually. When you know the motivation behind what is going on it gets really humorous.
A quote of the night came from a commenter “WOW” on Scoops live blog:
“Why is enforcing the existing agreement not even up for discussion? What is the impetus and REAL business/community case for extending the agreement? Lots of wishful thinking and backtracking because the securities were negotiated away by people that should have known that as a government they can’t MAKE development happen. Amateurs. It’s a contract, it’s the way mature big-people communities run things.
And Joe Gardhouse who stated the obvious:
“All these arguments go to not extending the agreement at all.” (which draws applause from the crowd). “If the town had taken the position that not extending the agreement, the two landowners would have already got together, “We’re going to table a motion that is non-binding on nobody, which is ridiculous. Let them come to us…”
Followed very closely by Keith Hull:
“The Town holds all the cards. Yet they are acting like they owe someone something and need to make it better. Development of any kind is a risky business proposition. They did all they could (and then some) as a council. Now it’s time to accept that it is their responsibility to the citizens to make it right. That’s why the agreement was signed by ALL parties. They agreed to a course of action a long time ago.
“The reality is… we’re talking about something that is year’s out, and given that time frame, we owe it to the people of Collingwood to remediate the site.”
So council voted tonight in a recorded vote 5 – 4 to extend the site remediation agreement for 18 months until 31st October 2015. But here’s the kicker Scott Strandholt has to agree with it as well, which apparently he is not likely to do. In all the commentary that I have been making on this subject I failed to realize that for the council to extend the agreement they need all three parties to be on board. That is what all the tap dancing is about. The famous 5 are trying to do a solid for their buddy but Strandholt is getting in the way. The only party in this triumvirate that is acting for the best interests of the public is actually Scott Strandholt. He wants his half of the site leveled, hydro seeded and fenced off from his delinquent neighbor.
So for next week’s council meeting Joe Gardhouse is tabling the following motion:
WHEREAS the property owners of the Admiral sites are in noncompliance with the current Site Remediation Agreement and recent negotiations with the owners have failed to find agreement within the Planning Report 2014-15 recommendation of the terms of a potential extension;
AND FURTHER THAT our Town solicitor has advised that any amendment to the existing agreement is nonbinding unless all parties agree;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Planning Report 2014-15 recommendation #1 be implemented and enforced thus not extending the existing SRA.
Here is what this means in layman’s terms. Scott Strandholt is apparently sick and tired of the bad press he is getting and the intransigence of his neighbor Steve Assaff. So he is highly unlikely to agree to extending the agreement to 18 months.
So the above motion forces Cooper, Lloyd, Lloyd, Chadwick and Cunningham to either support enforcing the SRA as it stands. Or continue with the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers routine.
This was more entertaining than a night out at the movies.