Cobourg Council is still struggling to keep up with unfinished business – on September 20th I reported on 16 items on the list with half of them running late. In particular, in February 2020, the Library Board asked for an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to define “who does what” with a due date of 20 June 2020. At the Council meeting on November 2, the board sent a memo to Council that asked, in essence, “What happened? This is now urgent!” Their memo gave an example of the failure of an HVAC unit and Town staff were not very helpful in dealing with it – they basically suggested that they should look after it themselves (with a contractor) despite having no expertise in that area. (See their memo in Links below).
The only comment by Council was a question by Councillor Emily Chorley to CAO Tracey Vaughan as to the feasibility of their requested new timeline (1st March 2021). Her response was that it was doable but that negotiation timelines are hard to predict because they depend on how close the two parties are in their positions. Tracey said that the first meeting would be on the 5th of November and while it’s good they have started, one wonders what happened in the last 9 months. Tracey said that she would have a better idea of a timeline after the first meeting.
Since the last Report on this blog about unfinished business, only one item has been actioned and therefore removed – clarification as to when Transit Fares and Parking would no longer be free. That means that 15 previously reported items of unfinished business have NOT been completed. No doubt the reason Staff would offer is the disruption caused by the pandemic and some related staff reductions (notably no CAO). Whenever a list of “To do’s” is being reviewed, a useful thing to do is to set (or perhaps re-set) priorities. If nothing else, this will help in making decisions on budgets for 2021.
The list of Unfinished Business from the Council’s Agenda is in the Links below and short descriptions are in the earlier post so let me simply list the more urgent items.
- Review of Transit including what is being done in Innisfil and Okotoks and with accessible taxis – this report would impact mid and long-term plans for the Transit service in Cobourg
- Review with Police and the County the placement of Emergency shelters such as Transition House. The re-zoning of the Woodlawn for use as a rehabilitation centre may be a related concern.
- Establish a workable MOU with the Library
- Draft and Flood Mitigation and Response Plan – what happens if we get flooding in 2021?
Most of the others can wait although that’s probably a matter of opinion.
- Correspondence from Library Board re MOU
- Council’s Unfinished Business – earlier post on 20 September 2020
- List of Unfinished business from 2 November Agenda