In a move which appears to be placing the cart before the horse, city council is going to be asked Monday to allow PUC to start doing electrical work for the downtown plaza.
According to a report to council from Tom Vair, deputy CAO, the more than $230,000 ask is already in the approved budget for the project. However, the full project is not fully funded nor approved yet.
Earlier this week the city started a fundraising campaign which has faced severe backlash on social media, to raise the $2.5 million deficit in the project’s budget.
“The completion of the electrical servicing work is an important component of the
downtown plaza project. If the project is to proceed in any form, the electrical
servicing work will need to be undertaken to facilitate the project,” says the report.
Why is the city in such a hurry to approve this, when the overall project is both not well supported by the public and not yet fully approved?
Is this a way to come back in a month or so and say… “well, the electrical is already started, so we might as well finish the job,” if the money isn’t fundraised?
Mayor Provenzano is on the record as saying even if the fundraising doesn’t happen, he expects there to be a plaza of some sort built.
So far, multiple calls on the city’s Facebook and other social media platforms to re-direct this money into other uses have gone unanswered.
SaultOnline will be airing Monday’s council meeting which starts at 4:30 on our Facebook page and ONNTV. We will also bring you the results, live, of those councillors who vote to approve this expenditure as well as those who vote against.