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Council repeals Bay Beach endorsement

In yet another surprise motion sprung on councillors and the public without notice, Fort Erie Town Council decided to begin the process to back out of the Bay Beach condominium project.

Councillor Paul Collard, who last week voted to endorse and proceed with the project, tabled an unscheduled motion Monday night to repeal the zoning bylaw that allows the construction of the 12-storey building.

It is the third meeting in seven days in which council waived rules of procedure to deal with the contentious issue, also known as the Molinaro project.

In tabling his motion, Collard said he wants the whole concept of development of the Bay Beach lands reopened, with an eye to putting together a project that is more acceptable to the opponents of the deal.

Treasurer Helen Chamberlain council cannot proceed on the repeal process until a funds are budgeted to pay for expected litigation costs and “high end” settlement in case the Town is sued for breaching the contract.

Chamberlain’s report will be brought forward Monday.

Mayor Doug Martin said after the meeting that the project is now dead.

“Tomorrow we’ll get a letter from Molinaro telling us to go away and die,” he said.

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  1. Mike Cloutier | Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s where I think they are angling until the next questionable waiving of the rules of procedures occurs. John Hill wants a formal report on what the short-term capital costs are to the Town if it were to proceed with the project. There’s going to be some investment, but I think there is some confusion over that. Second, he wants a longer-term (five-year) forecast on annual costs. Then I think they’re going to total that up and offer it to Molinaro as go away money.

    The only problem is, nothing happens, and then there is the cost to deal with Fowler’s Toad — the number one threat to it is the fact that it is used as a public beach. And the washrooms need to be fixed up. The Town will also have to comply with its own accessibility policy and provincial regulations. And, people have asked for a splashpad, picnic tables. And for the next four years, contractors, developers and average citizens will ask, “when is a deal not a deal?”

  2. Martha Lockwood | Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Collard told me Sunday afternoon as I sat in his living room that he would not do anything to delay the project. He repeated this in the early part of the last night’s meeting. After all those who support the project cleared out he flipped. Is he a coward or a liar? People of Fort Erie and especially Stevensville need to let him know what they think of his actions. His e-mail is pcollard@town.forterie.on.ca. Take 5 minutes, especially if you live in Ward 5 and tell him what you think.

  3. Mike Cloutier | Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    I believe that Paul Collard is doing his due diligence. He’s allowing this repeal process to begin so that everything gets put on the table. He said he was against it but he wasn’t going to kill it if it were to cost “millions of dollars.” So, I think he’s just checking the price. I’ve been following municipal politics for 25 years and most are mostly honest, believe it or not. I will have judged him very wrong if he turns out to be among the minority.

  4. Derrin | Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Martha you crack me up! For four years the people of Ward 5 told you what they thought about the project and you didn’t listen until election night when you had no choice. The councillors opposed to the project are simply doing what you, Whitfield, and the Mayor haven’t been doing- listening.

  5. Toad | Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    The Canadian politicans newly elected to the Fort Erie council, along with a re-elected councillor, and a defeated mayoral candidate have profoundly collaborated with American influences in the recent elections.

    They should be ashamed ….. no ….. digusted in themselves for selling out their community and country for the frolics of residents of Western New York who consider Crystal Beach to be their own priveledged playground.

    Look at Crystal Beah without your American manufactured rosey glasses. The ONLY attractive neighbourhood in Crystal Beach is the property developed and maintained by the Crystal Beach Yacht and Tennis Club. The rest of Crystal Beach is degenerated, run down and disgusting. Crystal Beach’s current claim to fame is drugs, prostitution and crime.

    You want it, you got it. Congratulations councillors. Don’t you dare consider using MY tax money to put into Crystal Beach. The Americans have already spoken and you have obeyed ….. leave Crystal Beach the way they want it. Screw any progress, any potential that Crystal Beach might have been a proudly Canadian, attractive community.

  6. Dave | Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Better check your judgment about Collard.

  7. Toad | Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Been wondering about what the hell is going on with our local government?

    The administrator of the Silence of the Toads blog has just opened a new blog called the American Influence.

    A revealing blog which publicly publishes 49 emails of political influence on OUR local government.

    Quote, email dated September 21, 2010: “We need to make sure the Town Council elected on October 25 shares our values”

    And there is LOT’S more ….

    Check it out at:

    http://theamericaninfluence.blogspot.com/

  8. Ron Leggett | Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    I love some of the comments doug martin comes out with.He must think he is God to know what other people think.I thought he is a half way integent man boy am i wrong.

  9. PGEO | Feb 24, 2011 | Reply

    Martha Lockwood
    I think that Paul Collard did a heck of a job..
    PGEO

  10. Lori Dawn Antaya | Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    PGEO
    oh he did a heck of a job srewing up the reputaion of the town and his own integrity.

  11. Mike V | Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Typical, the blog is gone already. I’d have liked to read that.

  12. Mike Cloutier | Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    What blog is that?

  13. Mike V | Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    http://theamericaninfluence.blogspot.com/

    Did anyone by chance harvest a local copy?

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