Up till the full council meeting started this evening we (the audience some who had only come to listen to this one issue) where expecting the C1503-4 HEIRLOOM DEVELOPMENT to come up in “discussion” at council.
But up first the Mayor let everyone know that Match had withdrawn the request for the city to buy in, so just like that a $3,000,000.00 investment of city funds is off the table, The Mayor Brad Pettitt did note they would get back to them should they need the city to buy in later, good to know the city bankroll is sitting there on tap? Yesterday the Mayor was blogging on the all the reasons it had to happen, Andrew was the same, today no need, simple? I wonder if any justifying “thinking alouds” or letters to the editor are being filed for another day?
So what caused the sudden withdrawal of the request for investment?
Hopefully investors are coming to buy up the existing apartments needed to kick start their project?
Perhaps all the attention was unsettling the investors?
I hope it gets up and running, I just don’t believe the city should be the financial investor to make it happen.
What I find quite amusing is people who I hear openly criticise the State Government for doing what the council was proposing but its ok for COF to do it, the hypocrisy is amazing, god politics sucks?
Another interesting point is how quick it came to full council without passing thru any other level of council to allow for full and open discussion at a couple of levels, to ensure proper transparency? This actual point was raised by a councillor about another agenda item that was before council tonight, all of a sudden it also seemed to skip a level, its issues like this that also make people wonder what’s going on?
Tonight we also saw questions raised at public question time where in regards to the match issue they were;
- About Sirona being involved in the Match development and why with its business interest it was not noted in the agenda information?
- Did the COF consider there was any conflict of interest with the situation before them, involving Sirona and whether the city had sort any independent advice on this issue
Answers where pretty much;
- Everyone knows
- no issues and no need
So we just sit back wait and keep an eye on the agendas coming through looks like we have to more and more vigilant to what is happening in our city?