Many citizens of Cobourg criticize Councillors but few actually make a delegation to Council and let them know what – in their opinion – they are doing wrong. At Monday’s regular Council meeting, Bryan Lambert made a delegation to Council saying that for multiple reasons, hiring yet another consultant was the wrong thing to do. The consultant in this case would review all the user fees paid to the Town to see if they could be increased and to provide a formula for an annual review. Bryan also pointed to the unusual adjustment of the contract price to keep it below the limit imposed by the fact that the Council was now in a Lame Duck period. This award was the subject of a previous Post but I thought that Bryan’s effort at a last ditch attempt to point to the Council’s wrong decision was notable.
Summary of Bryan’s Delegation
- No guarantee that the study will produce additional revenue
- No estimate of what the revenue potential is.
- The $85K can be better spent on other projects:
- East Pier
- Harbour break- wall
- Monks Cove
- New Fire Truck
- To name a few
- Town Staff is capable of doing this project. There are three new executive staff eager to show their prowess. Give them the opportunity.
- Adhere to the Town’s Public Engagement Policy ADM21 [Link below]
He expanded on each of these points but he didn’t want to kill the idea of a fee review but instead move it to the new year and a new council. There is no real hurry since any changes in fees would be implemented in the 2023 budget which would be set by the new Council.
Bryan said that Staff were quite capable of doing the work without a consultant; this would mean saving the consultant’s fee of $85K.
Also, contrary to Town Policy, there was no public engagement – see links in resources below.
As Bryan said, Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin, supported by Emily Chorley had moved to move discussion to 2023, but Adam Bureau, supported by the Mayor and other Councillors, wanted the award made now. After Bryan’s delegation, no councillors changed their mind.
I can only recall very few changes of vote after someone has made a delegation – so you can see why people don’t bother.
Previous relevant articles
- Consultant for user fee study approved – 7 September 2022
- Is Cobourg’s Engagement Policy Working? – 22 March 2022
- Town of Cobourg Public Engagement Policy ADM21 – pdf
Cobourg Internet Information
- Cobourg Municipal Elections – frequently updated – now 2 “Meet the Candidate” Meetings – additions to contact info and platforms.