An article in the latest edition of the Echo dated September 10 aroused my suspicion
that someone or more than one on Council are "hell bent", or has had external pressure
applied regarding overhead power lines in Sparta. Could the PMO be involved?
Kudos to Councillor Karen Cook (the only one) for apposing reviving the burial of
power cables in Sparta ( Fiona Roberts was absent). The article states this project
has been turned down three times prior to this discussion. It's getting like a cold
sore, it comes, it goes and returns again.
Mayor Martyn said the Sparta project can only go forward if financial assistance
in the form of a grant of up to 30% of the 2019 estimated costs provided by Hydro
One of $260,000.00. Also discussed was the construction of 10 vendor kiosks for
another estimated cost of $280,000.00 on Main Beach in Port Stanley, which the grant
could also be applied, but not for both projects. The application for the grant
was passed by all those members of Council in attendance with again, Councillor
Karen Cook opposed.
From what I have heard the kiosks is another resurrection. I'm sure established
businesses, no matter where in Port, that pay considerable municipal taxes are thrilled
to have their taxation dollars pay for more competition vying for beach-goers/tourist
expenditures. What services would these "circus" facade structures provide; food,
apparel, cell phone, home repair, time shares or internet services? What is the
timeframe to recoup CEs' initial costs or has that not been factored in. What is
causing Council to continue to dredge up vetoed issues? Is it a lack of foresight,
or is it Council just can not accept those prior decisions that "no means no"!