Given the recent release of 20 years of Regional Councillor expenses and the disclosure of the costs in the NPCA’s fruitless case against Ed Smith, it seems that those on Regional Council are keeping tight lipped about how they have been spending your tax dollars.
The community has been asking a lot of questions about what is happening with the downtown property at Main Street and Elm, next to “Beyond the Barre” across from the TD Bank.
This property was purchased by DeSantis (in addition to a few other properties abutting it) and fencing and a large sign was recently erected advertising “Coming Soon – Century Condos”.
It appears that the OPP has cleared the NPCA of any “criminal” wrongdoing after investigating allegations of such, but that doesn’t mean the storm has passed for the agency that seems to have little trouble attracting controversy.
We came across an interesting opinion piece by Joan Little in the Hamilton Spectator regarding out-of-scale development in Burlington and the rise of yet another citizen’s group.
In the case of Burlington however, their city manager James Ridge seems to be going the failed route of the NPCA in an attempt to suppress this public dissent.
Despite the apparent attempts to keep costs under wraps, it looks like the now-dismissed lawsuit by the NPCA against Ed Smith ran up a legal bill of over $140,000.
We came across an interesting opinion piece in Niagara This Week regarding expense accounts, after the Region released 20 years worth of data as we previously posted here.
As the author points out, having one member of Council expensing a $10 ticket for a charitable event is beyond reason.
You can read the full article here: Hide the cookie jar? They’d just expense us for a new one.
NewsNow just published an article regarding the recent OMB decision on the LJM Waterview Phase II appeal. You can read the full article at this link: OMB Green Lights 15-Storey Condo.
We have also reprinted the article here in the event your browswer/device has issues with the online web viewer.
The Council agenda was pretty bare again this week with just a few crumbs thrown in for good measure … here’s the agenda and our notes:
With many of us looking forward to the 2018 Municipal Election, we thought we would share this page detailing the last 20 years of “Remuneration and Expenses for Members of Regional Council”.