Consultants ignored by staff says reader
January 10, 2017
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To the Editor:
Addition to Gord Boyd's letter (Splash Pad saga continues)
In the last seven years, the Administration has coaxed Councils to pay for a Waterfront Vision Plan, the Design Concept Plan, the Waterfront Maintenance Plan, the Waterfront Ad Hoc Committee and an Architect's Main Beach Washroom Plan which will cost between $400,000 to $750,000. In 2012 that cost was $40,000.
They hire costly consultants proving the fact that talk is not cheap but a great way to deflect doing little to improve our beach. Ask any regular beach goer if this 'jewel' is in better condition than 2010 and you will hear a resounding NO often accompanied by "disgusting".
One might assume that if experts are hired to assist the town's ability to enhance their product then it would seem reasonable that these expert recommendations are followed.
In 2014, EDA Consultants completed the Port Elgin Waterfront Design Concept and Budget Allotment Plan at a cost of $27,000. This document is available on line. Section 4.4, Page 32 under Splash Pad, EDA recommended that a Splash Pad be located approximately between the main washroom and the current play area. Their expert recommendation was obviously ignored.
The matter worsens knowing that the North Shore Park requires extensive expensive washroom renovations to accommodate the Splash Pad. So, instead of adhering to the Plan's recommendation, we are now faced with two major washroom renovations.
There is no question that Council needs to be revisit this nonsense:
1) why spend the money on consultant expert opinions and then ignore it?
2) the competency of staff who first ignored their own expensive report and then chose the most contentious possible location.
To the Editor:
A minor annoying, but ongoing, issue is the price of gasoline. On December 30, I went to the gas outlet at Independent to fill up before the carbon tax of 4.5 cents per liter was introduced on January 1, 2017.
To my surprise, the price was $109.9 per litre, an increase of 13 cents from the previous day. That amounts to an increase of nearly 14 percent . I donít recall seeing the price of oil jumping that amount. A belated Christmas gift for the oil companies I guess.
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