As expected block voting prevailed at last week's council meeting and the "master" rec plan was approved.
Basil Walsh said about the process of planning:
“An intelligent plan is the first step to success. The man who plans knows where he is going, knows what progress he is making and has a pretty good idea when he will arrive.”
Instead Councilor MacHecron's ready, fire, aim approach has resulted in less of a plan, and more of a hokey mash-up of hopes and dreams.
It lacked clarity of direction. It lacked decisiveness. It lacked effective leadership and it lacked a clear plan for items this community has been waiting for for over a decade.
It mastered nothing.
There's an Australian Proverb that states: "Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans."
It couldn't be any more bang on.
The gang of 6 was adamant about echoing the need to keep things nebulous, I believe I even heard someone say"don't nail it down"
You could hear the wheels spinning and spinning when both the Lone Granger and Her Worship went off on a tangent to seriously consider Nintendo Wii as an activity that would replace a "youth center". What the hell was that?
Wordsmith of the bunch, Councilor Wilson, laughably said that "labels are not for buildings"
So in councilor Wilson's eyes all town buildings are all multi-use structures to serve anyone's needs whatever they may be at any given time?
Buildings have labels. You go to the post office to get your mail, you go to the grocery store to get your food, they don't work interchangeably. You know what you want going in.
To not concur that there is a need for a "Gym" persay or a "Youth Center" persay because they might have incorrect labels counters what everyone at the table seemed to state over and over is that these items have been demanded, and conceived a long time ago.
What kind of plan doesn't nail things down?
Well, now we know: any plan brought forth by Evilina.
I guess making decisions of this scale sounds too much like work, or they come with a sense of too much accountability, and we all know how the gang of six run away from both.
I understand why Wendy Gaertner voted for a needs study, because her attempt at keeping "Hot Spot" open failed, and this after an outpouring of support from the community.
She doesn't get it.
But why couldn't LSAC get what they needed to know out of the original $50,000 spent? And why couldn't this have been acted on over a year ago?
If LSAC headed by Evilina is unable to define these specifics without :
a) the consultation already aquired at a cost of over $50,000, or
b) consultation with town staff
and needed 1 year to take the Rec plan offline to consult with more lawyers only to arrive at a conclusion that they still don't know what they don't know and it will cost an additional $50,000 to define these parameters….. then the only logical conclusion is that someone hasn't done their job.
We're no farther ahead with the passing of this plan then we were before this council took office.
At the mid point of this term the draft of the plan was submitted to LSAC. If in their infinite wisdom they determined they didn't know enough why did it take 1 year to bring this back to council?
That's 3 more years flushed down the toilet.
The town's financial expert Mr. Eliot refered to the passing of the rec plan as "a microcosm of priority setting".
How exactly he arrived at this conclusion with a plan that contains so few specifics is beyond me.
You can't take action until you have a plan.
You can't create a plan without defining specifics.
And you can't define specifics if you don't get down to work and pull your collective heads out of your asses.
The first thing an Auroran does when he/she sees a snake is kill it.
At L.S.A.C. the first thing they do is organize a committee on snakes. Then bring in a consultant. Then talk about it for a year.
Let's hope that L.S.A.C under the next council is chaired with the respect, intelligence and experience our community so rightly deserves.
Watching a trailer recently for Tim Burton's remake of Alice in Wonderland, I saw a great comparison to the lack of clarity that councilor MacHeckron is subjecting us to.
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and spotted a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. His reponse was a question: "Where do you want to go?" "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then." said the cat, "it doesn't matter."