Municipal Elections, Bus Terminal, Downtown Safety on Council agenda

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City Hall Photos taken Feb. 13, 2021. (Dan Gray/Saultonline.com)

The Council agenda for Monday is jam packed with items, many with the potential to create long term effects for our community.

Firstly, one item that has been already discussed at length is reappearing; the City is going to be taking yet another vote on the fate of the downtown bus terminal.

SaultOnline has learned that, between the Council meeting on June 14, 2021, and the upcoming meeting, city officials, including Tom Vair, have contacted multiple people and organizations who were opposed to the moving of the terminal.  The purpose of these communications, allegedly, is to inquire as to why they would “go against the city”, according to our source.

Monday night, Council is being asked to accept the report detailing the process involved in assessing all aspects of keeping the terminal in the downtown core.

“Simply put, the process staff will follow to research and report back on the matter
of constructing a new terminal at the existing Dennis Street location, and
providing further information to Council does not change the scope of the current
EA process,” says the report authored by CAO, Malcolm White. “Council will be provided with feasibility and costing information to the same level as the terminal relocation and existing terminal renovation options in the initial report. We expect this report to be submitted to the July 12, 2021 Council meeting.”

Another items to be discussed is a report from the City Clerk showing the municipal elections are going to cost approximately $320,000.  Further, that they will be funded from the Election Reserve and Quality Management Budget.

The 518 page agenda also includes reports on Downtown Safety, Voter Engagement and much more.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. What the article failed to mention is that city staff are proposing that the election will cost $320,000 by getting rid of most of the people who work the election and purchasing vote tabulation machines. If they continue with the traditional method, the election will cost $280,000. Even though it only happens once every 4 years, the city is proposing to spend an extra $40,000 to run the election so they can get rid of most of those people who do the work manually.
    They are saying it is hard to find the people to do the job (but they found them last time, didn’t they) and that we will get the election results more quickly. Does anyone really care how fast we get those results? They want to eliminate the opportunity for 500 plus people to work the election so they can get the results 3 hours earlier? Council needs to drop this idea and consider the people for once.

  2. Yes our city hall needs a major clean up & we need people that really care about Sault Ste. Marie & the average work & people who life here and not their pockets & hiring their relatives. The major is not running again because he knows he doesn’t have a chance to win as hi is no longer what he use to be. Can you only imagine how much they spent on city hall in stead of spending it on people that are in desperate need of help. City hall & other buildings should never have been built on our waterfront. The water front should have been developed for all of our city & it’s people to enjoy. Time for most of city staff to close the doors & leave & let in those who care about our city in.

  3. If I ran for Mayor & I’m seriously considering it, I would run on the promise that if elected there would be a full forensic audit of all City departments, contracts, committees & special interest groups..

    I would insist on independent inquiries & or criminal charges if one dollar is found in a pocket that it shouldn’t be in.. as Mayor I would make each council member turn their pockets inside out on their way out the door & every public servant would be required to submit a urine sample every six months, just sayin’. #EnoughIsEnough

    Strange daze indeed..
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  4. The Mayor is not running again. Perhaps some councilors might want to consider dropping out due to their lack of fiscal restraint.

  5. Spend the money on the election…if we can get rid of ALL the idiots on council that voted for our PATHETIC LOGO…$8.5 million on whatever they’re calling it that they’re building downtown ( still no one knows what WE paid for the buildings WE bought to make room for this project)….$350,000 for a $60,000.00 piece of property…the outrageous amount of money spent on the “IVORY TOWER”….$8 million on Bay St…to name just a few…I think spending the money on the municipal elections WOULD BE WELL WORTH IT!!!..Just my opinion.

  6. Spend the money on the election…if we can get rid of ALL the idiots on council that voted for our PATHETIC LOGO…$8.5 million on whatever they’re calling it that they’re building downtown ( still no one knows what WE paid for the buildings WE bought to make room for this project)….$350,000 for a $60,000.00 piece of property…the outrageous amount of money spent on the “IVORY TOWER”….$8 million on Bay St…to name just a few…I think spending the .only on the municipal elections WOULD BE WELL WORTH IT!!!..Just my opinion.

  7. If the city can spend 8.5 million on a needless downtown plaza when there are so many other higher priorities they can surely spend $30K if necessary to make sure that there is a new bus station built where the present one stands.
    After all they screwed this all up from the get-go, they shouldn’t be whining about it now.

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