Members of city council will don their referee shirts Monday as the Downtown Development Board and North America Railway Hall of Fame escalate their funding feud.
The jousting dates back to last summer when the DDB, under chairman Mark Cosens, “loaned” NARHF the sum of $10,000.
Now, the DDB wants the sum repaid, however it is being stymied at every turn by NARHF.
Dan Muscat, current DDB chairman, is attempting to obtain records from NARHF to determine the status of the loan.
“This situation is a city council issue as it is the past DDB board (under the leadership of Cosens) that sanctioned the loan,” asserts Muscat, in a letter to council.
Totally unsustainable. That’s the only conclusion following the disclosure this week of municipal staff who earned more than $100,000 in 2010.
Membership in the sunshine club mushroomed by 44% — 39 city employees are included on the list, up from 27 in 2009. However, only 10 are city hall employees, while 16 are firefighters and 13 are with the police department.
Is overtime part of the problem, questions Mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman.
“Can we do something to curb that? What can we do to keep this in check to deal with this?”
Yes, overtime is a factor with both police and fire and, for the time being, there’s little St. Thomas can do.
In a letter to the Times-Journal, St. Thomas developer Bob McCaig questioned the motives of city fire fighters going door-to-door in support of municipal candidates who support public safety.
He encouraged voters to “support candidates who promise to provide services based on their needs and not on the direction of one of Ontario’s most powerful union lobbies.”
The full transcript of his letter can be read here
Here is the response from Warren Scott, president St.Thomas Professional Fire Fighters’ Association …
I am writing to correct inaccuracies that appeared in an October 15, 2010 letter to the editor (“Base Municipal Vote on Need Not the Direction of Union Lobby”).
The aforementioned letter centres around the issue of some St. Thomas Fire Fighters’ Association members volunteering their off duty time to participate in the democratic process; more specifically, involving ourselves in the upcoming municipal elections.