Concerns with arena project
To the Editor,
Mr. Ingram has brought up some very disturbing features of this new arena and revitalized community centre (“Rink about it,” Minden Times, Dec. 20). Parts of it are not the correct size? One bidder? Is there no other company that can build this? God knows how other larger buildings get constructed. It is a sad day when there is only one company that can build this building in Ontario.
There is a major problem with this project. Does one really think the final cost is just $12 million? They haven’t put a shovel in the ground and costs are up $2 million!
Then the other major problem, the majority of taxpayers will never use this project. Yeah, I’m talking about those pesky seasonal taxpayers, the ones who are like mosquitoes coming up in May and leaving at the end of summer. Causing traffic, busy stores, having people working on their place, getting their water toys out of local businesses, getting the toys serviced and putting the toys back in storage in the local businesses, taking up the seats in local restaurants and paying the majority of taxes.
But what really gets my blood pressure up is when I ask the township to maintain their road I get the answer “sorry we have no money, you have to maintain it yourself.”
So if one believes the idea of “build it and they will come” they’re unrealistic. Because if I cannot get out of my road, I not coming.
Food for thought and wishing everyone a Happy New Year and please coexist.