Cornwall Ontario – Sources have confirmed to CFN that City CAO Maureen Adams wanted the Clement Marina Condo project kept in camera, but that some on council stated it wasn’t an in camera issue which led to a 6-5 vote to move the issue to PAC.
Because the meeting was in camera CFN cannot confirm which five elected officials deemed it fine to
steal have waterfront development meetings in secret from the public?
At the first meeting of POW Cornwall, a group devoted to having the city be transparent and have true open public consultations before rezoning or developing any of our waterfront three former city councilors shared snippets about how committees like the Waterfront are essentially rigged with “yes” people to simply perpetuate management and council’s direction.
An example would be this writer, who even though he ran for mayor, has been denied a seat on any city committees even though it’s tradition that people that run for office get priority over those that didn’t.
The big question becomes is why the CAO felt that the project should be done in camera and which five elected officials were fine with it?
Today Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy issued a release of spin. We’re going to examine a few of the statements in BLUE.
Mayor O’Shaughnessy provides clarification on waterfront development
At Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy took a moment to provide some clarification on the recent commentary in the community regarding waterfront development.
“This City Council has not investigated nor encouraged waterfront development,” the Mayor said.
If that were true why was the developer allowed to present to council? How did they get to PAC without owning the land? And of course it could be a sneaky way of saying it was Ms Adams and Mark Boileau?
Mayor O’Shaughnessy stated there have been a number of articles and opinion pieces in local media with incorrect information surrounding the conceptual development presented by developer CH Clement Construction at a recent Planning Advisory and Hearing Committee (PAC) meeting.
How do you say that without offering any examples or proof? We at CFN are always happy to print a retraction and apology if we’d made any error. We’re not Hugo Rodrigues who defames people.
“Cornwall City Council as a whole has never met behind closed doors or in private with Mr. Clement. In one article, it had indicated that I had met with Mr. Clement. I have never met with Mr. Clement,” he said. “Also in a letter to the editor, it had indicated that I am the third Mayor to promote waterfront development which is completely untrue. I have not done so. I have never met with the people from the baseball association. I have never met with the people from the Legion in regards to development on our waterfront.”
Does this mean council as a part? We know from the POW Cornwall meeting that at least once councilor has met with the Clement folks and participated in meetings with Minor League Baseball.
City Council made a decision to allow Mr. Clement to make a presentation at a PAC meeting, the Mayor added, and the matter has not progressed beyond that.
Again, the release doesn’t state that the reason to move it to PAC was that Ms Adams wanted it to be in camera.
“The motion at the end of that meeting was to receive the report. I moved the motion to also include ‘with no further action’,” he said.
At this time, there has been no recommendation to City Council to proceed any further with the matter, Mayor O’Shaughnessy said. If it were to even proceed, procedure would dictate that the matter be presented to the Waterfront Development Committee for a report and additional research be undertaken.
And there’s the rub. Just because there’s not a recommendation doesn’t mean the project wouldn’t go forward. And if your committees are essentially a bunch of Keitha Fisher’s “going to committee” essentially is a farce.
Such a proposal would also require an Official Plan amendment and a Zoning change, both of which involve public input components.
When? On Monday mornings at 8AM? Wasn’t the PAC meeting in fact about rezoning?
“All of the things that would ever happen on our waterfront will require complete public input processes,” he added.
And that’s all that POW Cornwall has asked, yet the Freeholder used a headline suggesting that the group was somehow against the Clement company, which it never was. Who wouldn’t want transparency and full open public consultations? Sadly it appears at least five council members. Not a single sitting elected official or management member attended the POW meeting, nor did any of the local media except for CFN alert the public of the meeting which was to initiate a 1,000 signature petition to support its position.
What an odd town…
What we do know is that this was yet another attempt to put condos in the Lamoureux Park area under shady circumstances.
You can download an official POW Cornwall petition sheet from the facebook group which is open and transparent to the public. LINK
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