Saultonline.com received the following from Ward 5 councillor , Frank Fata:
To those that this may concern: Was this decision the wrong decision ? Maybe it’s not such a big deal ? I most definitely think it is a big deal !!! I’m still sitting here shaking my head about this decision. I have the highest respect for the majority on Council, but this is very disheartening. This isn’t just about $80,000 extra dollars that we have to charge taxpayers in this year’s budget. This adds up to more like about $200,000 that it cost all taxpayers when Council decided to go against staff and put in 2 sidewalks on Retta St., McGregor St and now Upton Rd. The next street might be about $100,000. So now were up to $400,000. Where will it end ? The problem, and it’s a serious one; we have “SET A PRECEDENT” !!! Oh yes we have !!! All these streets that got their wishes are in Ward 2. So, how does Council, in its wisdom, decide that the next request that comes from, say, Ward 1 or Ward 3,4,5 or 6 say no to the same request ? Now, we’ll be up to about $600,000 in additional construction costs. And the nightmare continues..
Seriously, how does Council handle the next request ? And the one after that ? I wish someone could answer that simple question. I wish someone could tell me what I am not understanding. Do you simply fill up Council Chambers and get what you want ? If that’s all it takes then we are in for a rough ride, financially, going forward.
I’m sorry, folks, but I am very frustrated and I had to vent and I decided this is where I would do my venting. Thanks for indulging me. If you agree with me then I would say speak up and let your voices be heard.
I should say, if I’m breaking some sort of protocol or I appear to be disrespectful in any way, I do apologize. I’m just frustrated.