Council Wise to Move Forward With New Library in Spite of Increased Cost

StephenVance 270If my 'in-box' over the week leading up to council's July 22 meeting is any indication, our members of council were no doubt bombarded with email messages and phone calls from residents on one side of the library issue or the other, likely making a tough decision even tougher.

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Library Budget Overage Presents Challenge For Council

StephenVance 270I have often written that the job of a councillor is a tough, often thankless job that requires those elected to make some difficult decisions, and the awarding of tender for the library project that will push the cost of the project to $7.1 million, $1.6 million more than council had previously approved, is indeed a tough decision.

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Looking Forward to the Council Break in August

StephenVance 270Sitting in the council chamber on Monday afternoon was a little bit like sitting in Grade 11 history class in mid-June with the summer break teasing me from a distance.

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Liability Concerns Are Stealing Our Fun

StephenVance 270In recent months I have seen and heard many complaints by residents directed at council or staff that really should be directed elsewhere, and liability concerns and the insurance industry is a good place to start.

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