In a report coming to council Monday, it is apparent that the city doesn’t want to address the concerns of those who have signed the petition, those who want out of Sault Ste. Marie.
The petition, not even officially presented to either Sault Ste. Marie nor Prince Township as of yet, has apparently already cost taxpayers money. There is a report before council Monday addressing it, where these reports cost time and manpower to write.
It appears as though they may attempt to swipe it under the rug, unwilling to address any concerns citizens may have.
Malcom White, CAO for the city, makes a statement in the report suggesting such.
“Mayor Provenzano has received assurances from Minister Romano, our M.P.P. and Minister Clarke, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, that they would not consider supporting a boundary change unless both Prince Township and the City of Sault Ste. Marie were in favour of it,” says the report.
Is this like the Hudson street situation? Where the mayor has already decided ahead of dealing with it officially as a council. Is this is what he wants? You might remember in one of my past stories where he discussed a sale price with the owner of Studio 10 well before council was even aware of the offer to sell the property.
Would the Local Planning and Appeals Tribunal (Formally the Ontario Municipal Board) like it if both parties agreed? yes. Does it stop a party from approaching them if that isn’t the case, it appears not.
More concerning is it appears what members of the city want, as shown by the petition, doesn’t appear to matter to the Mayor. For multiple reasons listed, many of the residents of what is now a part of ward 5, simply want out.
The report notes the multiple services the city provides to Prince Township. It says if this was to go forward, those agreements would have to be renegotiated if the boundaries’ were changed.
Why the voice of the people signing this petition doesn’t matter would be a great question for someone to ask city council.