Gary Price ex council member allowed on the Budget Committee, meanwhile Jan Leggitt denied………………..

By  | November 25, 2016 | 14 Comments | Filed under: Cambridge Council 2016

the chosen

something smells

Jan Leggitt an elected Council Member for ward 4, denied access to closed door meetings..

and yet…Gary Price ( a legendary past member of Craig’s ol boys club) is allowed on the Budget Committee.(???)

Is this why he didn’t challenge the Election Results.. ?


Residents ask Cambridge budget committee to keep Soper pool open as tax hike looms

Waterloo Region Record

CAMBRIDGE — Keep Soper Park pool open.

That is what residents told the city’s budget and audit committee at its second meeting, Thursday evening.

It’s the only outdoor pool in east Galt and residents of all ages — grandparents, parents and young children — told council the pool is a crucial part of their community.

“We’re all in the pool together,” Sharon Chandler told council, flanked by her granddaughter and a family from her community.

“These opportunities and interactions are what build a community.”

City staff has proposed closing Soper pool as one of two service cuts to slash a looming 4.97 per cent tax increase in 2017.

It costs the city $50,000 a year to operate the outdoor pool. It’s one of three outdoor pools in the city and it was the least used pool in the city in 2014, according to staff.

In 2015, during summer months, the pool had nearly 6,000 visits.

A backwash line issue was discovered when it was closed for the season earlier this fall. Fixing that problem will cost another $100,000. The cost of repairs is not included in the budget.

Gail Stockford said it’s a fine little pool and should be kept open. It’s where she attends aquafit classes with a group of dozens of others.

“We figure the amount it costs (to keep open) benefits us in the area,” she said.

A handful of people urged the city to keep the pool open.

“We heard what people said tonight,” Coun. Donna Reid said. “I know we’re moving away as a society from outdoor pools, I know it’s very expensive … but it does bring that community together.”

Many committee members around the horseshoe didn’t want to shutter the pool.

“It only costs seven cents a person to keep the pool open,” Coun. Shannon Adshade said.

But staff said the pool, built in 1967, is nearing the end of its lifespan.

City manager Gary Dyke said there is no way to bring down the proposed 4.97 per cent tax hike other than to cut services.

“So it comes back to things like Soper pool and the loose leaf pick up,” he added.

Resident member of the committee, George Szczepski, ( an accountant) asked how the city can bring the tax rate down to the rate of inflation, about two per cent.

“We need to make sacrifices,” he told the rest of the committee, made up of four councillors, another resident and city staff.

The tax increase proposed right now breaks down to 1.8 per cent to maintain city services, another 2.3 per cent for firefighter wage increases and the costs of operating the new fire station.

Station 6 is set to open in 2017 on Maple Grove Road.

The rest of the tax hike is the operating impact of the digital library at the old post office.

“All I see now is stuff being added, not being taken away,” said Gary Price, a resident member of the committee who is also a former Cambridge city councillor.

The committee asked staff to find savings and lower the tax rate to between three per cent and 4.5 per cent. It will reconvene on Dec. 5. , Twitter: @LatifRecord


14 Responses to Gary Price ex council member allowed on the Budget Committee, meanwhile Jan Leggitt denied………………..

    Dex November 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    How about taking away the library, and bridge.

      Roy Talbot November 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Dex, agreed as we do not need either of these projects now or later! Wasteful and unnecessary…

    Maggie Smith November 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Yes close down a pool that makes a community, but build a bridge – it is still to “NOWHERE” and is being builT with profits from Hydro. Can they not put this money towards something like the Budget where all of Cambridge gain from.
    That Bridge is still to “NOWHERE” – Mr. Dyck – so wake up. Just because Craig screwed up with Dunfield doesn’t make it right to spends millions on a DUMB USELESS BRIDGE that only a certain amount of people will use.
    Taxpayers needs a break – we pay our Firemen & Policemen & Teaches in such excess that there is no help for us poor Tax Payers. WAKE UP!

    Maggie Smith November 25, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Also what is going on at City Hall – closing a local Pool, building our Sports Complex out-of-town on someone else’s property.
    What is going on in City Hall and with our Mayor.
    Do they not think issues out – oh yes – Craig made a promise to Tibbetts but we Taxpayers do not want to pay for his promises.

    In fact, we would like him to step down. He is not even following the “Code of Ethics” in his own meetings.
    Playing with papers while Anthem being sung, making personal remarks to Mr. Riley, pointing out Mr. Talbot for wearing a hat, sly remarks pertaining to a Presentation re Eremata & sly remark about going to a Close door meeting re Jan Leggitt.

    He is very unprofessional and certainly not Mayor material – He needs to go!

      Roy Talbot November 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Maggie, if you had any idea as to what is and has been unfolding at city hall this past year, it would definitely curl your hair if it isn’t already curly?

      • Debbie Duff Vitez November 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm

        I for one, am so grateful for all the eyes on city hall.. This has been going on for years and years.. and now.. Craig can’t stop because he is totally out of control.. He lives in his own reality and sadly his council continue to follow him..

          Roy Talbot November 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm

          Guilty by association. You live and die by the sword. You run with dogs you get fleas. Anyway, you get the idea. Once the mayor is done his tenure in 2018 (it’d be political suicide if he ran again), the handful of “Craig Puppets” and hangers-on, will scatter down the drain or into the woodwork like roaches when you turn on the light. The City of Cambridge should write a bylaw (their good like that) that any future elected mayors can only serve a maximum of two terms.
          I feel terrible for those that have to work under “his” worship day in and day out! Those city employees (and their are a lot of them) need a well-deserved reprieve from the mayor and city manager.

  4. Uwe Kretschmann November 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I find it disturbing how many people are fully satisfied reducing services to us, all the while they( regional and local politicians ) are spending like drunken dogs on items which in NO way increase the pleasure of living in the city or the region or make it easier for us pursuing our daily lives,

    …like out door pools, leaf pick up, waste pick up, affordable day care, affordable housing..the list goes on.

    Not to mention the damage they are doing to the local and regional economy by pulling about $ 6 million of disposable income out of the Cambridge economy this year alone ( regional and Cambridge tax increases combined ) not to mention the millions in user fees.

    Forty years of assessment growth and $ 100 million later in subsidies to the developers ( Cambridge alone ) we are still looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and are facing tax increases each year.

    First sign of insanity is when you keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results.

      Roy Talbot November 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm


    bozo November 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    bridge to nowhere will be 3 million by the time the trimming and park around it is done
    craig expects people to walk across it to the theatre
    he doesn’t walk farther than a buffet
    no parking on either side especially once the big construction goes in
    people don’t walk 2 parking spots over let alone across a river in pouring rain
    white elephant being built for drug dealers to hang out around
    cut that and move on

      Roy Talbot November 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      The Cambridge Sculpture Garden, it’s members and the beautiful work they have done to date will be encroached upon and disturbed. “The golden arch” will also impede the parking at 79 Grand Avenue South as well as it is already compromised for parking spaces? I’m wondering if the graffiti artists will have a heyday “tagging” this structure?

    Maggie Smith November 25, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    You got that right Bozo. Our City Budget is too high – poor low income – disgusting and yet they find enough money for a useless bridge to nowhere. Even with the new complex going in at Southworks – this Bridge is useless – they will have their own parking. Dunfield should have it’s own parking….
    use this 1m – 3 m from the Hydro profits to pay for something sensible then this would reduce the taxes.
    Think outside the box Budget Staff – it just might help make some sense.

    Dex November 25, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Just look at where most of our taxes go to…the fire dept., and Galt for projects. The dam in Preston got the hook and they got screwed again. If it was in Galt it would have been done. 10% tax increase will be on the way. The hidden taxes will be there next year because of the backlash over the megaplex costs. The next thing to watch for is who they get to build it and you know past contributions will count. Keiffer wants this and doesn’t care what location or how much it costs us. You don’t hear from him at all and he’s done next to nothing for us. A weak politician. Get me a cheeseburger Randy. Where is the buffet?

    Maggie Smith November 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    You are so right Dex. If in Galt – it gets done. Look at the Post Office re-do and the Bridge to Nowhere. Ridiculous – yes Preston needs that Dam fixed. And our Firemen’s pays are out of wak. And if this Complex goes to conestoga – |you better get all your friends to make protests – go to to make a complaint. Our taxes are getting way out of line. Some of us aren’t on Firemen’s, Teachers, and Police pensions – like most of our Councillors. So they don’t have a clue.
    They keep cutting services to pay for Craig’s demands and everyone at City Hall seems afraid of him. Why?? He is an idiot – promising Tibbetts a Complex with our money – wake up CAMBRIDGE….

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