Posted March 5, 2014
City Clerk, Blair Labelle, has been re-assigned to manage the Information Technology (IT) department. Human resources chief, Mark Amorosi, is now on the hunt for a new clerk whose responsibilities include being chief electoral officer for the October 27 civic election. Also the new clerk will have the responsibility of launching the on-line voting system in the advance poll preceding the October 27 civic election.
Mr. Amorosi opined that Mr. Labelle will be available to guide the new man leading up to this vote. As if he needs to run one department that has not had a manager for some months but also hold the hand of his replacement.
On top of that, there is the hiring of a Chief Executive Officer for the Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc (GMHI). This corporation was created by the Mayor to get control of the city-owned Guelph Hydro. She was recently quoted as saying that the city’s electricity distribution system may be consolidated with other systems in the province.
Translation: The $130 million asset will be sold and the proceeds received by GMHI, controlled by the Mayor and her supporters on the present council.
It’s ironic that a few years ago the Mayor tried to get council to agree to merge Guelph Hydro with similar utilities in Hamilton and St. Catharines. The public outcry forced a negative vote and the Mayor lost her bid to get her hands on the money.
Now we are hiring another senior executive to run a GMHI who could find himself without the Guelph Hydro Asset, but a pile of cash.
You can bet the ranch the proceeds have already been earmarked for the planned downtown underground energy project. This allegedly will provide thermal heating and cooling to downtown buildings.
The Farbridge administration is now in its hurry-up, pre-election offense. It’s promising to operate an “open” government but continuing to spend millions on the city’s downtown core at the expense of the vast majority of its citizens. Those very people whose property taxes support this spate of monument building by a tired and dysfunctional administration.
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