CORNWALL Ontario – Guess who wrote this commentary?
It’s city council’s main responsibility. Once a year they decide how to spend your tax dollars, my tax dollars. The budget process finished up yesterday and I sat through the entire thing for three and half days. It was …well….it was an experience. Councillor Andre Rivette seems to be the only one who is willing to cut spending. Glen Grant is a stickler for procedures. Bernadette Clement doesn’t get the respect she deserves. Denis Thibault is well-prepared and Denis Carr is pretty good at keeping everyone in line. But, I want to talk about Mayor Bob Kilger. The good ‘ol Mayor, who makes upwards of 50 grand a year of taxpayer money, strolls in 15 minutes late to Tuesday’s meeting. If I’m 15 minutes late, my boss ain’t happy. But maybe Kilger thinks he doesn’t have a boss – well, guess what, we, the tax payers are your boss. We pay your salary. So, Kilger, get your butt to work on time and try to fix this city which, oh by the way, has the lowest per capita income in the province – maybe you should try to do something about that? And then, during the meetings, the mayor spends half the time ignoring the presentations and whispering to other councilors or to city staff. What, is this process not interesting to you, Mr. Mayor? Are you bored? You show up late, you talk while others are talking – if this were school, you’d be in the principal’s office, where you belong, wetting your pants.
Nope, it wasn’t me, but Eric Spence of thecornwalldaily.com this morning.
This is highly unusual for other media in Cornwall to hold Mayor Bob Kilger responsible; but then this is the charming and intelligent Mr. Spence’s last week at Corus Radio. Maybe after a year or so he finally took a shot out at the mayhem that is our bizarre council?
Mr. Spence was not available for comment as of press time. To see and hear the piece on thecornwalldaily.com click HERE.
Sadly Cornwall loses another bright mind as Mr. Spence heads west to Toronto. One of the issues facing Cornwall is retaining and attracting youth which our fair city has failed to do in the case of Mr. Spence who was one of the brightest media people in our town.
Adieu Eric and best in the future. Maybe CFN can get lucky and you can be our TO correspondent?
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