CFN – Councilor Bernadette Clement was the lone voice Monday night in supporting the city acquiring the former tourism and exchange bureau near the corner of 9th and Brookdale.
I’ve written about this ideal property. Yes it can be used as a great location for Seaway Tourism, but as it was used before it can also be leased out partially for other services. In the past it was used to exchange currency. In other words this prime location can create revenue to offset costs.
The city report; which frankly is an embarrassment and arguments made by councilor Syd Gardiner show a complete and utter lack of vision and understanding.
What the boys at ED put in their report show why we need a house cleaning in that department. Mark Boileau & Bob Peters in many people’s opinion, including this writer, are costing the city of Cornwall and its taxpayers money and its future by the consistently visionless decisions they bring to a council that seem to have the vision that ends up buying swamp land over the internet.
It’s almost as though if we shuttered their department we’d be ahead by not having to pay for non-results!
The choice piece of property has been valued at $439 K – far less than say was spent on the Kilger scandal to date and a far better investment. It also doesn’t mean that the province would charge the city that amount. If requested the Province could give the property to the City of Cornwall for $1. Why the reticence to grab this prime piece of Real Estate? Of course the city will not answer that question. Frankly it’s getting harder and harder to get a straight answer out of city hall and that’s something all of Cornwall should be concerned about.
While the report goes on about a loss of $13K per year in “potential” tax revenue it doesn’t mention possible rental revenue and the fact that as an asset it would go up in value. For councilor Gardiner to suggest renting space in the former Winners that had Mould issues instead of owning a choice location is …..well I’ll let you dear viewer fill in that adjective.
With the crisis in Inter City transportation in Cornwall and the need to develop Tourism; something Linda Grant and Seaway Tourism have truly failed to do in spite of their large budget; Ms Clement was the lone voice sadly from a group of 11 eleven elected officials.
This truly will be another lost opportunity to fill a need; much like in a few years people will be lamenting the loss of the Cornwall General site as a community asset. The former Tourism Bureau was a lovely building in good condition. It’s a huge opportunity to showcase and offer services promoting the city and a great potential Inner and Inter City transportation hub.
This writer is not sure if Ms Clement was just politicking with her statement at council knowing that 9 others would not support the action. I’d like to give her the benefit of the doubt. Taurus people can be mighty stubborn once they get a bone in their mouths. Now it’s time to see if Ms Clement can make some magic happen or if it was just an excuse to wave her hands in the air a lot.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – CFN
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