It seems some City Councilors are upset with the comments from the Chair of the Future Fund Board and some of it’s members, suggesting that City Council ‘ pillaged’ the Future Fund to grab money for this ill-advised collaboration with the School Board.
Me thinks that Council doth protest too much !
The feeble attempts by Council to defend raiding the Future Fund just shows that the ‘Old Boys Club’ is alive and well at City Hall, and they’ll do an end run around process and rules to satisfy their own agenda.
The Future Fund quite correctly said that the money was needed for requests in other parts of the City, but why would Council accept the decision of a citizen panel chaired by one of Hamilton’s most successful businessmen and ardent supporters ?
And, the so-called repayment plan is riddled with ‘what if’s’.
No one is denying the need for a seniors centre in that area, but spending money the City doesn’t have, to partner with the Board of Education on a very shaky proposal is not the way to go about it.
This is crazy!
Even though the Board of Education has all kinds of surplus property, they want to expropriate even more land.
And , City Council would be eliminating a soccer pitch and baseball fields and a hockey arena to accomodate this project.
Here’s hoping that City Council comes to it’s senses this week and walks away from this plan .