With a new council, we can expect that there will be new stuff happening in Cobourg in 2019 – but much of it is predictable based on what’s happened in 2018 and what people have said. John Henderson, our new Mayor, can be expected on Tuesday at the Levee to talk about his plans for more transparency and better communication but what else will the new Council bring? Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin will no doubt shake up the budgeting process since she will be responsible for Finance; Emily Chorley will be concerned about Council’s “procedures” (she made a presentation on this in 2018 – see links below); I would expect Nicole Beatty to have a focus on events and Brian and Aaron will not do anything much different from 2018.
Last Years’ Predictions
But first let’s look at some of my predictions from this time last year (link below). Note that I prefaced them with the comment “they are based on the way things are going now – and that could change”.
- The report was finally issued on the Waterfront Project and caused a stir but no action has been taken (as predicted) pending allocation of funds in the budget process which starts with a public meeting on January 14
- Tannery Project – A consultant’s report was expected to be released but instead there was another progress meeting.
- As expected, there has been little visible “Vitalization” of Downtown except the $53,000 renovations of the old Sarby’s building (photo at right – work in progress with new window/doors.)
- As expected, it was announced that the idea of merging the YMCA with the CCC was not going to happen. At $25M it was too expensive.
- Venture 13 was successfully launched.
- Nothing happened on Victoria Square – no grants were received for it from Ottawa or Queen’s Park
- Rainbow Cinema did not expand at Northumberland Mall but there was a surprise announcement of a new owner.
Predictions for 2019
Note: Most posts on this blog do not include my opinions but it’s hard to make predictions that are fully objective.
- The Cultural Plan will be released. It will no doubt list what we already know – that we have lots happening with lots of groups – but it will struggle to say anything new or point in a direction that has a consensus. It will likely say that the Park Theatre should not be resurrected and not mention what to do with Dressler house. I’m not expecting a useful result but I’m hoping I’m wrong. If anything useful comes out of it, it will primarily come from the steering committee of citizens although others have been interviewed by phone.
- Northumberland Mall will be transformed – mostly becoming more like a big-box centre with outside access and will not have Condos despite rumours about condos coming. Rainbow will also add screens and Metro will renovate.
- Suzanne Séguin will start the budget process for 2020 much earlier so that it will be in place when the year starts instead of partway through.
- A Q & A session in some form will be started in Council meetings.
- Money for overhauling the East Pier will be budgeted and tenders let.
- A travel lift for the marina will not be bought by the Town although it may get suggested again.
- The large empty store opposite the Town Hall (most recently Sarby’s) will finally be rented sometime in 2019 but Downtown will still struggle to be truly bustling.
- There will be no Busker Festival but there will be plenty of downtown events.
- The WaterPark will finally arrive off the main beach in summer.
- The Park Theatre will not re-open although the owners may look for permission to turn it into Condos.
- The Tannery vacant lot will stay vacant.
- There will be a reorganization in Town staffing with at least one senior person retiring or leaving.
The next Post will likely be reporting on the New Year’s Levee in Victoria Hall at 2:00pm on Tuesday, 1 January 2019. This should include the Mayor’s view of what will happen in 2019.
- Predictions for 2018 – 30 December 2017
- Town Accused of Not Listening – presentation by Emily Chorley – 15 January 2018
- Marathon Council Meeting dominated by Waterfront Study – 5 June 2018