Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "How Do You Describe Culture ?":
I notice that they make no mention of
another possible full-time member who might be paid under the table. Our very
own delightful Nasty who pounces first thing every morning and clocks in at the
end of the day. There is no need to mention such little items - no one is
accountable. I believe the original plan was for it to become a Councillor but
that got derailed at the polls
I love the Blog.
Every time conversation re-ignites, another piece of the puzzle flies out like a spark and casts more light on the subject.
Let us retrace steps that led to current circumstance.
An ad hoc committee of "Arts Heritage and Culture" was created by the former Mayor..
Councillors interested in participating were excluded. Particularly Bob McRoberts, Aurora-born, devotee of town history.
Councillors Gaertner and Granger were named; Gaertner as chair.
The new curator, appointed by the Historical Society to make ready for the museum, was resource person to the committee.
While on the job, a successful application was approved for $750,000 from Heritage Canada for a museum.
The eminently competent curator, looking forward to organising and managing a state of the art museum facility, designs paid for by the Historical Society, resigned soon after.
With the benefit of hindsight, I must assume the curator knew what was in the wind, when she applied for and accepted a position in the neighbouring Town of Markham.
No museum in Aurora, no job for a curator.
The former Mayor's ,former election campaign manager, was appointed to take the curator's place as resource person to the committee. while still serving as member of the committee.
The job paid $60 an hour. No conflict was argued.
The agreement to purchase cultural services at $343,000 a year rising by 3% each year. Donations to be matched dollar for dollar by the town. Plus free rent of a facility renovated at a cost of $3 million; Plus maintenance and utilities provided at no cost to the board was signed by the interim chair and interim secretary of an interim board.
Susan Morton Leonard was interim secretary.
All before the facility opened.
Not immediately apparent was the fact the museum would not take its rightful place
Never, in fact, publicly acknowledged. Despite questions in Council. There was a conspiracy of silence.
Other plans for the facility proceeded. Cheques were handed over with no measures for accountability. .
As in all things Mormac, it soon became clear, the deadly duo were in full.control .
Flash forward to a new election.
Two incumbents not seeking re-election.
A third presumably severely damaged by repeated Codes of Conduct complaints contrived at considerable expense to the municipality.
Sher St Kitts attempted registration as a candidate.Non- resident. Non- eligible.
Christopher Ballard, non-elected appointee by former Mayor to advantageous position of Chair to Economic Development Committee, joins the candidate slate.
Ms Humfreys, associate of various proclaimed favourite charities of former Mayor, also joins the slate.
Once more into the fray, a complete slate of candidates to take over the town. the administration and Church Street School.
Discounting public awareness entirely.
What a shock was in store for more than the candidates.
In a few days, we shall see what else has been salvaged from Mormac's defeat at the polls.
Whether a Council elected to replace a council that was less than forthright, will vote to reject an agreement varying little in substance from the former agreement , a lease of property with no advantage to the municipality, and funding for a program approved by sleight of hand.
To presume the vote is a foregone conclusion, is to suggest the people of Aurora have had no say in the matter.
Like the election never happened.
We shall see.