A Brief News Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted March 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large
After all the build-up over the possibility of flying monkey’s showing up at this past Thursday, March 22nd Niagara regional council meeting to take yet another run at Pelham Mayor Dave Augustyn and his town council, for once it didn’t happen.
The scary monkeys were kept at bay and whatever regional government equivalent of a wicked witch might unleash them – this time, at least – just melted away.
There might have been what some regional council observers have taken to calling another “s— show” in the council chambers where, oddly enough, signs are now posted on the walls warning visiting members of the public not to engage in “aggressive or intimidating behaviour.”
But this time out, Pelham’s mayor, who also sits on the regional council, found out from the provincial government that his town did not need any further signatures of approval from the regional government to receive some financing the Region had earlier agreed to for Pelham’s new, $36-million community centre, so another turbulent debate over Pelham’s finances did not transpire.
A cautionary note not to assume that more ugly sessions at the regional level over Pelham’s finances won’t happen though.
There are, after all, more than half a year left for a certain bunch on this 2014-2018 edition of regional could to engage in – what do those signs hanging in the council chambers say? – ‘aggressive and intimidating behaviour.’
And as of this March 23rd, there are 211 days left until this coming October 22nd municipal elections when we, the people, have of our chance vote for a Better Niagara!
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