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'Taxpayers take it up the proverbial backside'to the editor,
Posted September 24, 2012
Ahhh, the old "seamless transition" trick. The term "seamless"
in New Tecumseth seems to include getting $50K stuffed into your front and
back pockets, the front not large enough to hold it all.
Who in their right mind would install, at the taxpayers
expense, about $750K in lease-hold improvements to build a restaurant that specializes
in chicken wings and beer that is only open for eight months of the
year, and whose sales projections could only be described as outlandish,
absurd, ridiculous and too stupid to even contemplate as having a
chance to succeed? Who in their right minds would pony up $750K on sales assumptions that have no bearing with reality?
When the mayor and other council members were in attendance at the Hornet's Nest quaffing beer and chewing on chicken wings did they ever do a head count?
Did Town staff ever check the sales receipts of the Hornets Nest and ask this basic question, why the actual sales receipts didn't even come remotely close to the projected sales?
Purely from a business and political viewpoint this mess could have been handled a different way. Council should have offered Mr. Norcross the right to continue to operate the concessions and vending machines then should have told him "under no circumstances are we giving you one red cent of taxpayers money to give up control of the Hornet's Nest and the rights to alcohol and food sales for the entire recreation centre."
Would he have sued the Town? I don't believe so. The guy has a political ego almost as large as the Town debt.
Suing the Town would result in Councillor Norcross quickly becoming Citizen Norcross. Suing the Town would result in no more photos with him and the mayor and no more photos with him and the deputy mayor. No more photos of Norcross in the local papers. Not a chance in hell that's going to happen.
If there were an Olympics for political stupidity, surely New Tecumseth councillors, and Town staff involved in this deal, would be considered gold medal contenders.