Posted April 2,2014
April 2, 2014
Dear Madame Mayor:
As a follower of your administration for more than seven years, I am appalled over the latest legal set-back by your administration. A judge is holding the city responsible in a $19 million lawsuit brought on by city hall contractor Urbacon. It brings into play a failure of your administration to act in a responsible manner befitting the Chief Magistrate of the City of Guelph.
We now learn this lawsuit not only upheld the Urbacon claim for damages but also was not insured by the city’s insurers to pay for the impending cost. The judge also dismissed the city’s counter-claim of $5 million.
At this point costs of this defeat are unknown. Just estimating the legal costs of the city’s lawyer, Derek Schmuck from Hamilton, will stagger the imagination of most Guelph citizens.
It’s pure fiction to even suggest that your administration’s firing the contractor because he was behind schedule was done on behalf of the taxpayers. In fact, most of the work of your council is performed behind closed doors denying the public the right to even observe, let alone participate.
You have operated chiefly in secret, making deals and approving projects without proper public scrutiny or knowledge.
Accordingly, with respect, the time has come for you to withdraw your nomination and complete your term with dignity, truthfulness and some sense of accomplishment.
The alternative is to face certain defeat at the polls next October.
I want to emphasize that we are only speaking as citizens. My colleagues at GrassRoots Guelph will undoubtedly be commenting on this and other issues in the future.
Madame Mayor, do the right thing for Guelph. Withdraw your name for Mayor.
Do not make another mistake by underestimating the publics’ mood in our city.
Gerry and Barbara Barker