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04-08-2017 - Cobourg Police Chief's New Initiative to Help Assault Victims
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04-03-2017 - Added article on Letter to the Parks & Rec Committee on the Waterfront Assessment
03-23-2017 - Compliments on New Wheel Trans Bus Report
02-05-2017 - OEB Rules in Favour of the CTA
01-19-2017 - Lakefront Utilities Spins OEB Hearing Results
01-15-2017 - OEB ruling for rate order increase
12-12-2016 - Northumberland Taxpayers Coalition Budget Presentation To County Council
11-19-2016 - 2016 Town Financial Spend Finally Available
10-31-2016 - Lakefront Utilities response to CTA request to refinance their demand note
10-26-2016 - 2016 Town Financial Spend Still Not Available
10-25-2016 - Update on the Fall boat lift
10-24-2016 - Photos of how boats currently lifted
10-19-2016 - Updated for CTA submission to OEB
10-16-2016 - CTA Opposes Taxpayers paying $645,000 for a Travel Lift
10-16-2016 - CTA Supports Local Businesses but not free handouts
09-10-2016 - CTA Asks Council to Reject PMP Implementation Phase One
09-07-2016 - CTA responds to Mayor's Transit letter
09-02-2016 - Paul Pagnuelo on "Week in Review" on OEB hearing
09-02-2016 - Mayor responds to CTA Transit letter
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Cobourg Taxpayers Association
24 Pebble Beach Dr.
Cobourg ON K9A 2C5
We wanted to thank Cobourg Police Chief Kai Liu for his efforts in focusing on supporting victims.
In an article, John Draper states, “Cobourg Police are the first in Ontario to partner with Cornerstone to help make sure that victims get the support they need. They are one of only 5 services in the Province who expressed openness to having a program like this in place”. The full article can be found here:
Lydia Smith, President, Cobourg Taxpayers Association sent a congratulatory email to the Police Chief. You can read the full email here:
Here is Police Chief Kai Liu's reply:
This new innovative and collaborative initiative came about as the result of the Police Services Board business plan of identifying the need to enhance victim support.
We know the likelihood of a victim recanting is directly linked to the level of support they receive.
Through this collaborative partnership with Cornerstone, Cobourg Police officers now have at their disposal a team of experts that will support victims, provide us with education and provide a different perspective on domestic violence and sexual assault investigations.
I could not afford to hire staff in-house with the experience and expertise that Cornerstone brings.
You can read the full email reply here:
This is a letter that Ted Williams sent to the Parks and Recreation Committee on the Waterfront Needs Assessment
To: Parks and Rec Committee Members
March 29, 2017
Waterfront NEEDS Assessment
Defining the Assessment
We should be clear in what our goal is with this assessment. To strive to be impeccable with our word is paramount to success. “Needs” is misleading and in the interest of accuracy, this word should not be used. Reference to any dictionary, indicates needs means that which is essential. I would suggest the word “Wants” be used.
What exactly is this assessment.? When I walk along the Waterfront I pass the Boardwalk / West headlands preserve / Winter boat storage / Sail Club Storage / Parking lot and small beach / public boat ramp/ Yacht Club / Marina office / Marina / Div St. Pier / Trailer Park and Beach, the Waterfront is all finished, it’s fully occupied - what are we studying?
If the Committee wanted to commission an engineering Study of our Town-owned Harbour (meaning the piers, break wall etc.) that may discover that we may need millions of dollars in future years to reinforce deteriorating foundations and sinkholes - I would be strongly in favour.
Public / User Hearings
To paraphrase what I have heard from the residents of Cobourg on this matter of the Waterfront – here are some comments for consideration:
- If you had asked the Public first you would find the majority do not want to spend $ 130,000 on another out-of-town Consultant study. The Master Plan of 2013 was not received very well. Think of what we could purchase for the Waterfront with this money, instead of asking outsiders to determine, for us, what we want in our Town. Better still, lower our taxes.
- If you really feel you need to look at certain areas, the Director of Parks and Rec could better facilitate any assessment. He is very articulate and knowledgeable about the Town. Why do we keep contracting out, what should be done by own staff? The public are growing very weary of spending on consultants.
There are two groups that have a permanent seasonal rental arrangement right on the Waterfront - the boaters and the RVers.
Over the past years the wants of the boaters has been meticulously documented through many discussions around the failed Marina expansion discussions and then again through the attempt of the boats asking the taxpayers to fund the $ 630,000 travelift. The boaters even have a rep. on the Committee itself. On the other hand the RVers who occupy 15% of the downtown waterfront frontage are not being considered. They should have a prominent place at the table. This campground is the only Municipal run, permanent entity, that makes a large profit year after year. They also supply a wonderful “vacation atmosphere” to our waterfront. Why are they being ignored? Why does the Town not reach out to them?
Over the past years I have spoken to hundreds of residents down at the Waterfront. Here are some of their/our “wants” for consideration:
- At least 1 hour of free parking, Mon – Fri (a window sticker could be inserted in their property tax mail out) Many residents are very annoyed to have to pay for parking to visit their own Beach.
- More public bathrooms
- Return the 70 boat slips to Cobourg boating residents (stop treating our visitors better than our own citizens)
- Stop attracting more people to our Beach- it is over crowded now.
An additional item that would be appreciated:
- A public rack to store kayaks / canoes for the season. (Many residents living in condo’s have no place to store them)
Respectfully submitted for a better Cobourg
We were very pleased to see the comprehensive report Barry Thrasher, the Director of Public Works for Cobourg, prepared for Council. We felt he deserved to be recognized and hope that the other directors will use this as a model in their reports to Council. Below is the email sent to Barry Thrasher, copying Council.
We are writing to compliment you on the professional and business-like recommendation you made to council at the March 27th Committee of the Whole meeting regarding the purchase of a new "wheel trans" bus. Your recommendation is a breath of fresh air. The relevant facts are there, including the cost and funding information. The cost even includes the 1.75% non-refundable HST.
Your report is dated March 8th and we note that the purchase must be made before March 31 in order to avoid a pending price hike. Will council have time to approve your recommendation before the deadline?
This is definitely the direction we would like to see going forward and would like to see your work used as a consistent model the other directors could follow.
Sincerely Cobourg Taxpayers Association
We did receive a reply from Councillor Forrest Rowden saying "...This is on Mon. Agenda so will likely get approved as council did get funding for this bus."