I know. What an odd picture to header a column, but then, this is an odd town with an ever odder City Council.
The problem is the old adage, “You get the politicians you deserve.”
After all, this is a town that over 4,000 people voted for Robert Brock Frost, and hardly anyone voted for Mike O’Neill. Utterly insane. Of course Frost advertised a lot more than O’Neill which puts me in a moral quandary on this issue….
I have a hunch Mike wouldn’t have thought up the feeble attempt by a feeble council to have a 5% cushion for local tenders and contracts. It’s so dumb it reeks of David Murphy.
It’s kinda illegal in the first place, or at least hinky. It also is kinda corrupt, but to council’s credit it would be open and transparent corruption as compared to the business as usual kind.
The issue drew a lot of attention after the city raped Medical Arts, and totally shafted their local work force by giving a very very large contract to a distant mobile drug service for Glen Stor Dun Lodge. Not many who work at the Lodge actually supported not giving the contract to Medical Arts, but politics can be strange and weird, and this is after all, the town that Ed Lumley helped build.
Speaking of Ed, and taking a momentary tangent, one wonders two things, a) how does he feel about having an arena named after himself that has such poor seating with condition issues, and b) why doesn’t the rich bastige cough up some cold hard cash and buy some new seating for the arena? I mean, the man is richer than almost the big guy upstairs.
Departing on an even wider tangent, why is it the richest people in this community give the least? First off they flee to the townships so as not to pay their fair share of taxes, and then leverage expensive wastes of money like the Benson Centre or the monies the poorest victims in Cornwall are asked to pay like the silly Benson University studies or the $100K per year we’ve kicked in to rent the college’s auditorium so Paul Fitzpatrick could have his seat on the board of St. Lawrence College long ago? (Ok not that so long ago)
It’s interesting how the college has slowly distanced itself from the cesspool of monkeys that were there at that time.
With Fitzpatrick off the board and now Don Fairweather gone they might even stop boycotting CFN?
Dr. Rachel Navaleenan wants the city to kick in about $300K for her latest project for Rachel’s Kids. Surely a vanity charity that does good work should have its namesake write the cheque or at least a bigger chunk of the money?
No, the local impact factor is something that should be considered in all RFP’s and tenders in the city of Cornwall.
These documents are filled with other loosey goosey scoring areas. Having a local impact one would address this issue in an intelligent and progressive manner, which means with this bunch of cronyism and nepotism none of us should hold our breaths.
For the GSDL contract price should have been a good size percentage of the scoring, say 40%.
Ability to deliver and performance is a good one too. Let’s give that one 30%.
Local impact, which can be factors like if the company is in fact locally owned, hires more local people, owns more local property (tax dollars to pay for RFP), etc should account for between 5-15% of any contract.
It’s common sense dontcha know and do we really have to legislate common sense for what we pay some of our city management? Honestly?
Many in the community take their lead from City Hall which is sad and scary, but if the top doesn’t buy local why should the bottom? We all should support local when we can. It’s really not that hard, but people have to break the concept that local isn’t as good as outside. One local lawyer for example told a local charity to jam it and refused to donate to them after finding out they were using an expensive legal firm instead of keeping the cash in the family.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? You can post your comments below.