Posted May 25, 2014
It makes one wonder that with two recommendations from city staff to demolish the Wilson Farmhouse, why does it now take a month to determine the costs, legal issues, contract, planning and engineering?
Was there no preparation done when the staff first recommended demolition? Or more recently, the second recommendation?
It is difficult to comprehend that when the staff makes a recommendation to council it should have all its ducks in order. Such as how much is it going to cost to tear it down and what is the estimated time frame?
Now Blair Labelle switches his hat from being General Manager of Information Technology and Innovation (that word again!), to city clerk. He says the deal is not yet done.
Apparently one of those nine voting for demolition can change their mind and introduce a notice of motion to reconsider council’s 9 to 2 vote to demolish. Coun. Piper and Laidlaw voted against the demolition. So that prevents them from introducing a motion to again delay the decision.
The strangest development was Ian Findlay voting to demolish it. This is the same guy who pushed the project to redevelop it into a local community centre. Now he votes to tear it down?
Must have caught a little election fever seeing the WF was located in his ward.
Let’s see. Who would possibly attempt that ploy? Could it be Coun. Ian Findlay? But he must persuade seven other councillors to support such a motion in order for this misguided attempt to stay the execution of the WF.
This party is over.
The Mercury says the demolition should be as discreet as possible.
Au contraire, dear editor, this calls for a street party to celebrate council’s and the administration’s good judgment to rid the city of this eyesore.
As for Coun. Leanne Piper and Maggie Laidlaw, perhaps they should look for other work in view of their intransigence in attempting to stall this necessary project right up to the end.
It is the end, isn’t it?