…interesting at all. Council was all over after little more than an hour.
Regional Chair Alan Caslin showed up, as billed. He presented a lot of positive statements, such as:
- in the middle of the term of council, they’ve accomplished 60% of their Strategic Plan objectives;
- they’re trying to push up the date for GO service;
- Niagara is the first Foreign Trade Zone Point in Ontario, the fourth in Canada;
- he said that last year taxpayers wanted a 0% tax increase and they gave it to them (they used reserves), which I suppose means we didn’t want one this year, because it was 1% + 1% infrastructure levy (that’s 2%, Alan);
- they’re doing Value for Money Audits (like, he mentioned the Burgoyne Bridge, which I thought they pressured into);
- at the Toronto Bike Show, more people were saying they want to retire in Niagara than anywhere (is that good?).
When asked questions by Thorold Councillors, he gave general, non-answers that seemed to almost to come near the question. But you’ll be happy to know that, in his opinion, our mayor is a great asset to Regional Council.
At one point they lost their internet connection, for the first time since they switched. They weren’t certain if it was the wi-fi or something else, but they had to project the rest of the agenda onto the overhead screen for Council. The poor Deputy Clerk had to scroll like mad to keep up with the pages and pages of information in each report that were being quickly passed.
The only point of close to any real interest was a discussion on the bridge over the 406 on Decew Road. Because of the multi-use trail to either end of the bridge, the City determined that the railing on the bridge wasn’t high enough. If someone riding a bicycle on the sidewalk were to lose their balance, they could fall over the railing, so they asked the MTO to put up a higher railing.
It should be noted that the City has posted signs at either end of the bridge, telling riders to dismount before crossing but, as the Mayor pointed out, he wouldn’t get off. Therefore, the request to the MTO.
The MTO has said that they’ll do it, but the City will have to pay for it, at a cost of about $112,000 or as Councillor Longo would point out, nearly 1% of our taxes. At any rate, Councillor Whelan demanded that the MTO pay for it, seconded by Councillor Wilson, since it’s the MTO’s property, a motion that was agreed to by all.
Either way, it’s going to cost the taxpayers money once again (either City or Provincial) to pay for the stupidity of others. If riders want to disobey instructions put there for their safety, they’ll have to take their chances. Between expenses like this and stupid liability laws, we’re once again gong to have to pay to try to idiot-proof the world. As I’ve often said it can’t be done. Those who are determined to be stupid can be incredibly smart when it comes to ways to exercise their (apparent) right to be stupid.
If you’re a hunter wondering about the Sunday hunting by-law, you’ll be happy to know that, subject to other municipal, federal and provincial restrictions, you’ll be able to blast away on Sundays from now on.