Cornwall Ontario City Council Signs Harbor Deal Without Public Consultation by Jamie Gilcig APRIL 26, 2016

Cornwall Ontario City Council Signs Harbor Deal Without Public Consultation by Jamie Gilcig APRIL 26, 2016

The deed was done under cover.    No public consultation.  No real public information delivered.  A non nonsensical that jeopardizes the future of the city of Cornwall Ontario.

The bad drama started with the Chem Tanks and ended with the release below by the city which actually rezoned the land “prior” to announcing the deal.

As though it was never in doubt or question.

Was there any reason to partner with Akwesasne?  Not really.    Land claims can only be resolved by cash in Canada according to law.    If there is a discovery of a clean up needed is Akwesasne going to write the cheque for its share?

Nobody knows much of anything.  It’s not sure if Council as a whole even knows the full nature of the deal or has the remote expertise to read the documents which only required the mayor and CAO to sign on behalf of the city as per another hustle perpetrated by the Kilger Council.

The City of Cornwall and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne have approved a plan to take joint ownership of the Port of Cornwall.

A bilateral committee made up of staff and elected officials from the City and MCA has been negotiating with Transport Canada on the divestiture of the area that is known as the Port of Cornwall and the surrounding lands.

These negotiations have been completed and co-ownership of the Port has been approved by the elected officials of both communities. This transfer is expected to be completed by the end of June. The specific terms of the deal with Transport Canada cannot be released at this time due to a standard confidentiality agreement however the details will be shared once the transfer is completed.

At the same time, a joint public entity, titled the Cornwall Akwesasne Port Development Commission, is being established to oversee the management and long-term development of the Port under the umbrella of a co-owners’ agreement. This agreement has also been approved by the elected officials of both communities and it will be released to the public once it is officially signed by both parties.

A media event is being planned for Tuesday, May 3rd at 10 am in the Turtle Room at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island. At the event, officials from both communities will sign the co-owners’ agreement and copies of the co-owners’ agreement and the confidentiality agreement will be released to the public.

“By taking ownership of the Port, we will be able to control the future use of a critical piece of waterfront land,” said Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy. “This significant achievement signals a new era of cooperation and collaboration between Cornwall and our neighbours in Akwesasne.”

 “I am pleased by the efforts of the negotiation committee thus far and I look forward to working closer with our neighbours; the City of Cornwall. This transfer will demonstrate our commitment to finding innovative ways of creating opportunities for both our communities,” said Akwesasne Grand Chief Abram Benedict.

The agreement marks the culmination of numerous meetings and negotiation sessions involving officials from the City, Akwesasne and the Federal Government over the past two years. Consultants have been engaged in conducting significant analysis of the Port lands.

“The bilateral committee is doing its due diligence to ensure our communities are well-positioned in this divestiture while also being mindful of the need to take control of this key piece of land,” added Mayor O’Shaughnessy.

The big winners in this deal are of course Akwesasne who essentially seem to have little risk and plenty to gain.

What happens when, and it will happen, the MCA and the City disagree on a harbor issue?   The 16 acre parcel of prime located waterfront property is now up for grabs.

While the city debates flouride and other insignificant issues, it’s the people of Cornwall Ontario that have been left all wet after losing control over its harbor front lands.

What could possibly be so secret that a deal of this nature, which will impact the future of our city, should be done in the shadows and without a sign off by the public?

CFN will be covering this story as more details become available.

What do you think dear CFN viewers?  You can post your comments below.

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