11th Councilor Has Council Lost Control Over City Hall? Councilor Rivette One on One with CFN over Kilger Budget for 2014

jg2CORNWALL Ontario –  Andre Rivette was not happy Tuesday after Mayor Bob Kilger pulled a quick motion to add 1% to the 2014 budget which was quickly seconded by Bernie “Boo Boo” Clement.   Ms Clement, always quick to support her mayor was not available to comment.   Mayor Kilger, when he is in Cornwall, refuses to speak to CFN.

bob n bernieWith Minimum Wage going up Mayor Kilger also decided to push his coven of rubber stampers to up taxes to commercial buildings by over 3% which should just about devastate the few small businesses hanging on in the city core.

Mayor Kilger, who has yet to personally come out against the tanks on the former Kaneb lands, tried to add some dollars to Municipal works for infrastructure; yet seems to be fine with adding major truck traffic from the Chem tanks through our downtown roads which is about as suck and blow as you can get.

The biggest question that Councilor Rivette’s frustration raises is whether city management is wagging council’s tail via the mayor?   Mr. Rivette isn’t the  first frustrated councillor with Leslie O’Shaughnessy resigning over issues.

Speaking with other councilors last night the finger is starting to point to CAO Norm Levac who was quoted as saying that he took the CAO gig to add $30K per year to his salary and bumping him up before retirement instead of to actually serve the public.

This also highlights that Mr. Levac and other senior management do not actually live in Cornwall and pay the very taxes they are happy to pump up.   While there is little to nothing council can do about where staff live it surely must be a bitter pill for residents to see a management not bring in a budget with a zero increase when a motion was made last Fall.

Councillors also complained about questions and emails not answered by the CAO which is something this scribbler can understand as we have nearly 100 very polite emails with very basic questions sent to Mr. Levac and City Hall that have yet to be responded to.

How can we  grow and build a community when those we put on the Sunshine list behave in this manner?    We will be publishing a list of unanswered questions to City Hall shortly because frankly we just couldn’t make up something like this up.

In the meanwhile the budget process may end today with Mayor Kilger ramming home his raised tax budget.     The question is becoming quite clear.  Has this council been abducted by the Mayor, senior Management?

The process is open to the public and starts again at City Hall.   Will you be there to witness it?   You can post your comment below.

 

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john rothwell
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i had a feeling this wasn’t far in the future, feds increase min wage, city council want’s a chunk. instead of raiseing the cost of renting a property for retail businesses we should be subsidizeing the cost through a city grant. i’m sure property owners would rather see their buildings being used to increase the number of locally owned and operated businesses than have them empty, raising the taxes on them is not going to make it any less expensive for the tennent. the cost of being in business is horrendous and its only the brave at heart who will… Read more »
David Oldham
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How can you be critical of a mayor who remains true to his political ideology ? Rather easily I would say when he so flagrantly pulls more money out the pockets of a struggling community that can neither afford it nor adequately defend itself from an out of control bureaucracy.

This should be, needs to be, must be a zero budget year with only the actual previous years rate of inflation attached to the appropriate municipal departments.

When is it time to apply some braking pressure to a tax system spiraling ever upwards out of control ?

hailey Brown
Member
Wow…just wow. Canadians are taxed too much and I for one believe it is time to take a stand. Let’s ask ourselves, what would they do if people withheld their taxes, what would happen if we purchased goods and only paid the price as marked with no taxes. Did we not already pay taxes on our money..er their money because apparently it is not ours if we have to buy it and then pay to use it….This is a democracy and we do have the right to say no..or has that changed too One conspiracy to consider, Federally Mr Kilger… Read more »
David Oldham
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@Hailey Brown…don’t forget that the Liberals gave the men and women in prisons the right to vote (among other things). So Harb will still be able to vote for his party.

jules
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I knew it, I knew it. LOL LOL. Bare Ass raising taxes again. Gee my crystal ball was right on target. More and more businesses will disappear and more and more homes will remain empty and continue to empty. More and more people will continue to disappear from Cornwall since there is nothing left there to turn to. I can tell that André is not in good terms with Norm Levac and I never cared for Norm Levac at all and could see right through him that he is a follower. A mayor who is rarely at his seat in… Read more »
Hugger`1
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I agree with you 100%. City administrators were tasked last fall to bring back two budgets, one with a 2% raise in taxes and one with a 0% raise in taxes. Instead of following council’s orders they bring back a budget with a 1.76% raise in taxes. Which part of council’s orders didn’t they understand? I know if I had done that when I worked for the federal gov’t I would have been raked over the coals. Was it too hard for the city administrators to go back to council and ask for some direction on how to obtain a… Read more »
jules
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If André Rivette retires like he said that he would you mark my words just now and watch the town go under if that happens. It is enough that a good counsellor by the name of Leslie O’Shaughnessey left because of all the corruption and nonsense going on around the table. Mr. O’Shaughnessey is a big loss to Cornwall right there. A person who comes into council must have a knowledge of business and what is going on around in Cornwall and not some ding a ling that has no insight or it will be a great deal worse than… Read more »
hailey Brown
Member
Seems things are getting a little askew here. City administrators should not have to return to council asking how to achieve a 0% increase. If council already knew how, why do we need administration? This should have been discussed when council asked for the options in the first place. If Mr. Levac is worth what he is paid, and Ms. Adams has the ability to maintain a ledger, then it is quite simple to know in advance if a 0% budget is even possible. At this time I the game, capital and non-capital projects are or have to be known,… Read more »
hailey Brown
Member

I have had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Levac on occasion. He is very illusive in any answers he provides and the answers he can gave seem to come straight from the X files….

Hugger`1
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Hailey Brown: we need administration because it is their job to implement council decisions. It is not council’s job to propose or implement the budget. But this week, it seems council was doing administration’s job, yet again, when they came up with the budget solutions. Sure, it’s possible to have have a 0% budget increase. But to do that there would have to be service and job cuts. Is the city willing to have job and service cuts? I don’t tyhink so, as some services are at a bare minimum now. I rtepeat what I said earlier I think it’s… Read more »
Hailey Brown
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I would like to know why council does not increase the fee of municipal violations as a method to inflate the coffers.

Parking in a fire lane $2000, handicap zone $750, rolling stop $750, speeding $500 and enforce them …learn how to make money off of the people that prefer not to follow the rules

marc carriere
Member
yes…its time for a big change of who sits at table…The City is in pathetic need of respect….they treated the inquiery victims like they were nothing but liars …we tried to make a change then ……then …they had a five year plan …written by Gail Kaneb the woman with the stone heart….the rich speak volumes in cornwall…..sleeping , the city misses the point and looses its freedom …no one cares …these people ..Boo boo as you call her and others …they have mislead you all in their electoral plans….personal gain is what matters in cornwall……that’s the bottom line……..as far as… Read more »
hailey Brown
Member

I think we are saying the same things

Mr. Levac already knows what needs to be done as does Mr. Alexander. They work in the city engineering department and they have a matrix for maintenance projects ( infrastructure) and the costs which are probably at about a gate 2 which is to say costs are at about 25% actual…..So if they tell you anything else they are truly lying

jules
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Marc Carrière you said it all right this time and there is a video of a man by the name of Pat Finnerty and it is one that Jamie filmed. Go on that film and listen from the beginning to the end. This man speaks about the children in Cornwall going to bed hungry and about the rich in their limosines. You have to listen to it since it tells the truth. For a mighty long time since I was only 8 years old I knew all about the sexual abuse and I even knew a priest who was from… Read more »
marc carriere
Member
Yes Jules..your right as well….but its not about the church….its about all the other prominent pedophile protectors who are working at positions of trust…..they are not trustworthy…..What the hell was gail kaneb doing …witnessing stories of survival from the victims who came forward….i’ll tell you ….she is the first to turn her back ….its not about the church ….its about the rich and powerful of cornwall….who get what they want the illegal way….they mislead the people ….they lie to the people….they promissed to make change….they did nothing….absolutely nothing for these unfortunate city tax payers who were molested by the top,… Read more »
jules
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Marc Carrière you are absolutely right indeed in what you said about the rich people in Cornwall who abuse the little people and I have been saying this for more years than I can remember. We know fully well about the priests as sexual preditors but we don’t think about the people that we hold in trust like doctors, lawyers, teachers, social workers, police, etc. who were the real preditors. I never have trusted anybody who is well to do and they are the leaders of the pack of preditors. Here in Ottawa there is Harper’s drummer in his band… Read more »
jules
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Norm Levac is a follower. If you look at both Mr. Alexander and Norm Levac and you can see that Norm Levac will do what Bare Ass tells him to do and does not have a mind of his own – a typical Cornwall mentality. Things will not change in Cornwall until everyones mentality changes. Too many people are afraid to stand up for themselves and people do not know their rights. I have said it since the time that I was a young child that I could not live in Cornwall anymore and that I wanted to leave by… Read more »
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