Although it’s the weekend… it’s cold out, so no better time than ever to dig into the agenda for Monday’s Council Meeting. A few interesting items, so without further ado, lets take a run through it.
Full agenda can be found at this URL: https://grimsby.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/79798?preview=88267
Grimsby Power Dividend Cheque
The first delegation is for the “Presentation of a dividend cheque to the Town of Grimsby” both by the Chair and CEO of Grimsby Power. These dividends have been a source of contention in recent months, with them being “forgiven” (who would refuse a return on your investment?). You can find more information on that in this post of the September 18, 2017 Council meeting and this post of the October 2, 2017 Council meeting.
Seeing as in “normal” business conditions, dividends are always payable to shareholders… it looks like those at Town Hall are trying to spin negativity (not originally chasing down what monies are owed to the Town) and turn it into a 2018 municipal election photo-op for those members of Council who sit on the Board and Grimsby Power (don’t forget the $10 million+ BioDigester). This should be a non-event… though we are sure cameras will be quite welcome for the festivities.
It should be interesting to see if the cheque is for at least $734,000 as this was the cumulative amount owing as suggested by Mayor Bentley at the October 2nd Council meeting. We wonder if it will be one of those big “publicity” cheques like they give lottery winners?
There is a delegation of a few folks from Metrolinx who will be speaking to various aspects of GO and “Creating Connections in the Town of Grimsby”.
Looking at their PowerPoint presentation it looks like they will be giving a ground-up overview of Metrolinx, what has happened so far on expansion into Niagara and what is planned to be happening. An “Opening Day” concept for the planned Grimsby station will also be discussed. Right now service is scheduled to begin sometime in 2021.
Approval of Committee Minutes
While approval of committee minutes usually means rubber stamping, the Public Works minutes might be interesting. While it is no guarantee, there might be some discussion on the CoGen and all it’s problem$ as we discussed in our previous post here.
All Council and Committee meetings are held at Town Hall, 160 Livingston Avenue and open to the public. Council convenes on Monday at 7PM. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.