INSIDE Shelburne Town Council Meeting held on Monday, June 4, 2018. DIFFICULT TIMES AS SHELBURNITES TAKE TO THE FLOOR, INSISTING COMPROMISING KTH’S FUTURE &DISREGARDING PUBLIC DEMAND TO NOT SELL FIDDLE PARK WILL HAVE SERIOUS RAMIFICATIONS. Will the cost of selling Fiddle Park simply be too high for Shelburne’s future?
What can only be described as in the least, passionate and at times explosive, even mocking Council’s responses at times, Shelburne Town Council rightfully endured questions in a public meeting during the Council Meeting held Monday, June 4, 2018, surrounding the proposed sale of Shelburne’s Fiddle Park. With approximately 250 residents in attendance, the overwhelming consensus indicated a huge and resounding ‘Not in Favour’ of selling Fiddle park. KTH, Dufferin County’s largest employer, expressed in no uncertain terms, that KTH does not support the sale, and if the sale moves forward, all capital investment will cease. This meeting sat very late into the night and council went into closed session sometime around 11 p.m. Mayor Bennington promised he would not allow a decision to be made during this closed session meeting regarding the proposed sale of Fiddle Park ensuring that council would need to digest the information gathered from the public on this matter stating a decision would likely come to pass at the June 18th meeting. While some expressed their doubtfulness in Council’s delay on the decision, supposing Council will do as they planned initially when announcing the sale proposal, that being going ahead with the sale, others hope that Council will represent them and not sell the Parklands, a historical site currently used as the location for community venues that at present even if relocated cannot be enjoyed the same way. While parks are a plenty in Shelburne, strewn throughout neighbourhoods and used by those developments in particular, as Lindsay Wegener pointed out, Fiddle Park is for and used by everyone. As the Council meeting was a regular Council meeting, Fiddleville Housing presented their reports. Click on the Audio feature below for that account as video is not permitted in Council as of yet.
Council then heard from BDO with regards to the town Of Shelburne Audit of 2017. 1723
(LtoR) Mayor Ken Bennington took the podium first to lay out some guidelines for public expression. CAO, Denyse Morrissey and Town Planner,Steve Wever provided presentations to the public clarifying some aspects of the proposed sale of Fiddle Park and repeating other facts for those who had not been caught up on previous meetings. Mayor Ken Bennington took the podium first to lay out some guidelines for public expression.
Questions from Public:
KTH Representative for KTH, KSM SVP, Shane Hall left no holds barred stating KTH’s position. Hall expressed their position articulately, accurately and leaving no question in the mind’s of Council or the audience that KTH does not support the sale, and if the sale moves forward, all capital investment will cease.
The Photos below are the photographed presentation made by CAO Denyse Morrissey and Town Planner Steve Wever.
Below are some of the faces, people you may know who took to the floor to urge Council to head their wishes and not sell Fiddle Park.