Decisions, decisions

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Editorial

According to Kincardine municipal staff, the annex (old post office) has operated at a loss of more than $12,000 since 2010.

The Kincardine Chamber of Commerce uses and maintains part of the building and rents out space to the Kincardine News, owned by Quebecor, owner of Sun Media.

So in this age of strident capitalism, Kincardine taxpayers are, in effect, subsidizing a business organization and Quebecor, Canada’s largest newspaper chain.

And Quebecor’s Sun Media puts a lot of effort into criticizing taxpayer support of the CBC.

Funny situation – except for Kincardine taxpayers.

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 The above is just one example of Kincardine’s terrible track record when it comes to the care and upkeep of public buildings.

A decade ago, Kincardine was poised to build a new municipal hall and auditorium on the site of what is now the Kincardine Arts Centre.

There is no need to get into the politics of it, but one wonders if that building would have cost taxpayers a lot less than the move to the fifth concession.

After spending $1 million restoring the exterior of the arts centre, the building’s interior remains a mess. Council now has to decide to fix the mold problem at a cost of $100,000 or start a four-year $500,000 plan to rehabilitate the building (including the mold problem).

And council is considering renting part of a building on the main street to provide municipal and other services for people downtown.

If a new municipal hall had been built, none of the above questions would be facing council.

The buildings and their problems seem to add up. There are also decisions to make on the annex and the Tiverton Community Centre.