Posted March 31, 2014
GrassRoots Guelph (GRG) received a letter from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently, stating she was not going to proceed with a request to conduct an audit of the City of Guelph’s finances and operations.
The four-page petition requesting this audit was backed-up with figures and facts gleaned from the city’s Financial Information Reports to the province mandated to file annually. Further, her representatives agreed the figures and facts were accurate.
The Minister gave no reasons why she made the decision.
But Chief Administration Officer (CAO), Ann Pappert, and her Mayor Karen Farbridge, stated they were vindicated and the taxpayers’ request was “ A waste of time.”
How’s that looking today, folks?
Now here’s the CAO’s response to the judge’s statement as posted on the city website:
“Today’s court decision is disappointing. The city decided on its course of action because construction delays were costing the city – and Guelph taxpayers –thousands of dollars. Based on the contractor’s performance, there were deep concerns about Urbacon’s ability and commitment to complete the second part of the project, the renovation of Guelph’s Provincial Offences Court.”
Seems the judge didn’t see it that way.
It appears a plausible excuse why the city has, in its judgment, gambled with your money. It is an attempt to win a complex and intricate case in which it was obviously vulnerable.
Was this a “waste of money?”
See second post analyzing the city hall construction case. Entitled “Guelph’s Titanic has already hit the iceberg.”