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54 Plus Club situation 'falls right into the scheme of things'
to the editor,
The 54 Plus Club construction at the New Tecumseth Recreation
Centre, while lauded by many, has been rushed right from the get-go.
This is another project that falls right into the scheme of things that
this Council gets hot to trot about.
The speed of approval of the source of funding and the estimated cost
of construction was so fast that anyone would suspect there was either
a fire-sale or an election on the horizon.
Now the scenario is, can the 54 Club Plus come up with more cash to
cover the extra costs of the re-jigged plans or will the Town be
willing to delve deeper into the Town's DCs.
Other items that have been left undefined would be the use of the 54
Plus Club funds. Are they to be applied to the actual construction cost
or simply to cover the cost of interior fixtures and fittings?.
As the 54 Plus Club has had previous misfortune regarding the hours of
operation in their earlier locations, it is surprising that this is
still to be put to bed. Or, that the Club's donation of some $256,000
is it to be treated as' in lieu of life rental' of the premises,
leaving the previous question unanswered, as to what ultimate use of
the funds are to be applied to.
With its usual stroke of genius, the Dept of Recreation can spin such
an announcement covering a possible rental agreement between the Town
and 54 Plus Club, as another of the many previous such announcements
which can be touted as a "new" revenue stream that can be lost in the
amazing jungle of figures that never appear to have the support
of sound business and bookkeeping principles to justify the decisions
that this council has relied upon when acting upon such issues
throughout this term of council.