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06-21-2016 - Added Cobourg 2015 Financial Reports
06-21-2016 - Added 2015 Cobourg Financial Statements
06-21-2016 - Added Cobourg Water System Financial Plan 2016 - 2021
06-14-2016 - Council used common sense and rejected this expenditure
06-10-2016 - CTA Urges Council to Reject Hiring Consultant
05-30-2016 - Support for Don Morrison's letter on CIVIC
05-28-2016 - Friends of the Park Theatre: The Other Side of the Story
05-26-2016 - Initiative Saves Taxpayers $10,000
05-12-2016 - News Release on CTA call for By-election
05-12-2016 - CTA Calls for By-Election with Letter to Council
05-04-2016 - Added to Links Cramahe Community Association
05-04-2016 - Added to Resources c 29 Fair Municipal Finance Act 1997 (No. 2)
05-03-2016 - Added Mayor's response to Mfg Attraction Specialist
05-03-2016 - Added Letter to the Editor Northumberland News
04-29-2016 - Added News Release on Skateboard Park
04-26-2016 - Added Budget Protest Rally & Photos
04-22-2016 - Added 2015 Sunshine List to Resources
04-20-2106 - Added Budget Protest Rally news release
04-12-2016 - Follow up questions to the Mayor on Mfg Attraction Specialist
04-06-2016 - Added Mayor's response to Mfg Attraction Specialist
04-01-2016 - Added News Release on Property Tax Increase
03-30-2016 - Added Zero Tax Increase Possible
03-26-2016 - Added Mfg Attraction Specialist email to the Mayor
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June 14, 2016 UPDATE: Council used common sense and rejected this expenditure.
Read more here: "Council votes down another Consultant"
On the June 13th Committee of the Whole agenda, there is a proposal to approve the hire of a Business Attraction Consultant. This proposal to spend $61,500 for four months ($184,000 annualized) has numerous issues in how taxpayers’ money is spent.
- This is an unbudgeted expense. The Downtown Marketing Partnership appears in the preliminary Budget but was removed from the final Budget.
- As previously discussed with Mayor Brocanier, why is the Town competing with private business? Commercial real estate agents already work in the field buying, selling, and leasing industrial, commercial, and investment property. They work on commission; therefore, at no expense to the citizens. How can council justify hiring a consultant? As an aside, why does the Town not list their own inventory of properties and leave private enterprise to maintain their own list? There are several concerns about the existing Town inventory list:
- ● It represents a duplication of services with the private sector.
- ● It is not kept up to date.
- ● It has inaccurate information; e.g. Park Theatre is currently listed with a real estate broker at $795,000 and yet the current Town list (dated June 3, 2016) shows the price as being $500,000.
- Why is there a need to hire more consultants when the Town as well as the County already have Economic Development departments?
- What are the measures of success for this expenditure? The success measures referenced - “produce 30 leads and sell sheets” - are merely activities; they are not results. Spending $61,500 to produce 30 leads and sell sheets is a poor use of taxpayers’ money.
- The use of consultants to produce business development plans surely has reached a limit. We already have CIVI, CIP, Downtown Vitalization in addition to Northumberland County Economic Development Department, and the Cobourg Economic Development Department.
- This role will be steered by the DMP, not town staff. Why do we have an Economic Development department, if they are not in a position to provide a leadership role in providing direction here?
We urge Council to reject this expenditure.
Full letter can be read here.
Don Morrison sent a detailed letter to the Town outlining many concerns about the CIVIC proposal. His letter documented thorough and detailed observations on why Council should NOT adopt the CIVIC plan. The CTA agrees with Mr. Morrison and has sent a letter of support to the Mayor and Council.
Additional information on CIVIC is also posted at Cobourg Internet and can be viewed here.
Bryan Lambert and Rocky Varcoe, owner of the Park Theatre, were John Hill's guests on Week in Review on 89.7 FM to discuss the latest proposal from the "Friends of the Park Theatre".
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The CTA would like to thank Ian Davey, Cobourg Treasurer and Sally Leblanc, Supervisor of Public Buildings for their initiative and extra hard work to save taxpayers $10,000 in replacing the Victoria Hall chiller tower platform. Initially there was only one bid of about $40,000 but Ian was not willing to accept the excessive amount quoted. He worked with Sally Leblanc to find a local vendor who was able to design and fabricate a railing system for $30,000. We acknowledge and celebrate their resourceful thinking. Way to go!!!
How to Effect Change
Many of us have been confused as to what route to take when we have a question or concern.
The CTA has been advised by Ian Davey, that if a citizen has a question/concern, they should goto the councillor who is responsible for that area. If the councillor cannot help/ does not know the answer, the councillor will direct the citizen to the appropriate town staff.
In order to assist you with this process, we have attached a document outlining the areas of responsibility for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and each councillor.
We hope this useful tool will help you to get answers and to make your voice heard.
For more information, see the Cobourg Town web site.
Cobourg Internet has an excellent list of Cobourg Committes that can be accessed here.