Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

There is no such thing as a department that cannot be improved! There is no such thing as a department that cannot generate cost savings without loss of quallity or service! Wihtout bad management there is no such thing as a bad employee! Management change, political ot otherwise, creates a positive environment when needed! We need it!
Peterborough is situated in Central Ontario with the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world and leads to the Kawartha Lakes via The Trent Severn Waterway. It is a tourist and retirement area supported by Federal, Provincial and Municipal government agencies. Education and Health facilities are located here like Trent University, Sir Sandford Fleming College and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. There is still a scattering of private enterprise but compared to public sector a distant second.

PETERBOROUGH & KAWARTHA REGION

LDSS to be Demolished - Questions Spring Eternal

Sure it's only one wing, sure we paid to have it built and now we'll pay to have it torn down and then we'll pay again at some point in the future to have it rebuilt.
Why not try something different for a change. Why not turn it into doctors, dentists, accountands or consultants offices or all of the above. You know, try to make some money on it to lessen the burden on the public, rather then increase it. Even less work if you lease it out to a company that will do al that for you!
I know, I know our little darlings won't be safe with cars going by. Have you heard of multiple speed bumps, have you heard of fences, you know, fence our little darlings in. It's a school right? Schools are supposed to be places of learning and as important, places of competent teaching. They can teach our little darlings how to behave when not on a field or elsewhere.
Just a suggestion, for until we get our very own Donald Trump maybe, just maybe we can avoid that and have the public sector become competent and responsible for their actions or inactions, as the case might be.
Please stop electing people who can only figure out how to spend money and appoint or hire those with the same open purse attitude.

Editorial PTBOregion, March 25, 2017

Annexation - part 3 - I misspoke

I admit it, I misspoke (nice politically correct term simply meaning lied). Sorry, for a minute I must have thought I was a politician. But you know, I'm still just me!!!
We're not waiting for the archives, we have some information and depending on how the annexation situation turns out will depend on how or if we use that. One little thing is a suggestion that some of that land may be toxic, we need some proof of that.

We will be doing the archives in a day or so, we are also attempting to get http://canadianexposure.com up and running.

Editorial PTBOregion, March 25, 2017

Organizaing - Archives

We apologize for no article, we are just organzing the Archive areas.

  • Coming soon, more on Annexation based on some comments we've recieved
  • Right after that we'll talk about the Expropriation that's just started
  • When wer're done with our arhive area only the latestt article plus links to the last five will be on the homepage.
  • Please remember the two articles at the very bottom will be here, on the homepage for a long time

Annexation - part 2 - rewritten

We’re only changing maintenance companies, we’re not buying the land!
The question is who benefits from the change?
That’s a simple one. The landowners’ benefit and the county and city both lose as one gives up annual revenue and the other takes on more costs to fulfill services required. So why are we paying $75,000,000 why aren’t they, the landowners, paying? I’m sure the brain trust will tell you two things, they will pay in the long run and we need it to get industry to locate here. Baloney, baloney salami.
They’re wrong again. Till you fix the root cause you will never entice industry here other then the kind that relies on the tax pot to keep them in business. You know, something like our cash hog the airport that was supposed to bring business and generate profits. Speaking of the airport aren’t there TOXIC LANDS there so who is going to pay for the cleanup, the County or the City after spending $75,000,000. Good money after bad it’s called.
Let’s start at the backend and pretend we’re buying
Assumptions:
Pay $10,000 per acre very generous.
Mortgage the whole thing at 3% over 25 years.
That’s a $41,400,000 mortgage.
Cost, P&I, over the 25 years, $58,777,200
Where on earth did the $75,000,000 come from?
$16,000,000 unexplained and yes some of the land already has properties on it, we know, we’re not politicians.
Repeat: We’re only changing maintenance companies. We’re not buying the land. Both maintenance companies, Township and City, are not for profit.
This is really a Provincial Problem that needs to be fixed at that end of things. They can mandate that the losing entity from annexation must be compensated, say 5 years, of property taxes on the parcel based on an average of the last three years. But wait, it won’t buy them votes! It won’t let them look like big timers spending our money like drunken sailors on leave that they borrow in the first place!
The dog and pony show about services is just that, a dog and pony show. Services stay as they are until a reason, payment in like and kind, is created to change that. Usually that reason is that a developer will want to use a large tract of that land for a subdivision and will need services from the City such as sewers, water all without electric consideration now that we can no longer supply our own needs. Those kinds of costs can go on the backend of property taxes for a certain number of years.
Current taxes charged, after annexation, would provide the ongoing basic services. Protection, trash pick up, road maintenance and all the other good things already in place. Some services need to be increased, maybe. We would collect the current tax base and that would include all current services provided by the county for that region. By them joining a larger entity, the City of Peterborough, we should actually realize a savings there. Remember the sale of PDI; one of the glowing reasons was that we would be better served by a larger entity.
This City it seems, treats taxpayers as if they are mushrooms that spew dollars at the City's behest. Sadly that has been the way it was!
Are we really ALL in this together. Let’s rethink that.

Editorial PTBOregion, March 13, 2017



 

Annexation - part 1

It never ceases to amaze how most politicians can only solve a problem in one way, throw money at it, our money. This annexation issue is simply silly.

The county should willingly give up the land with the following conditions. They should be compensated for 5 years of lost property taxes on the affected properties. This payment by a City should be in a single lump sum. Regulation loving Liberals in Toronto should mandate that as a rule, with the side note that 50% or more of affected property owners need to agree to the annexation. So here's a scapegoat to blame if you can’t get your way, property owners making the final decision. Heaven forbid, the long sought electoral reform.

Most property owners would go for Annexation, as in the long run it would increase the value of their properties as services were added. Case in point, the Lily Lake Road farms that might have been worth in the hundreds of thousands as farms sold in multiple millions to developers. Who wouldn’t go for that kind of a profit jump other then true land lovers?

It’s to the Unelectric City’s benefit. Even if development was five years off or more, other then a few added expenses, they would recoup their 5-year tax payment from the current property owners. No fuss, no muss, no bother and no change to that point. A done deal and ka-ching go the two municipal cash registers, also known as a bureaucrat’s slot machine.

So what’s the problem? Is that too simple? A clear, easy formula signed off by all parties with the final voice left up to the people involved. We call it freedom and forcing something we call that dictatorial.

How can something so simple require so many man-hours to mess up by our Municipal Politicians and their minions? Maybe it’s not about results but about getting five minutes of fame. Or justifying man-hours to fill the time. Or maybe someone saw a pie in the sky payout, raised expectations and then reality set in. Now neither of the two kiddies will say, "whoops we erred"!

So how about it Jeffery, like “kids in the sand box” drag those two out, kicking and screaming if need be. Confer with Mommy in Toronto and git-r-done! No need for a long legal missive. All that is needed is a definition of the vote. That definition should simply be: each Municipal tax dollar assessed on affected properties over the past 3 year period equals the number of votes given to the current person responsible for paying the municipal taxes on the affected property. So simple, even Toronto might understand it as a regulation by the people and for the people.

Editorial PTBOregion, March 11, 2017

NEWS, is it FALSE or are YOU?

Simply visit almost any news source to find the Chicken Little type proclaiming the sky is falling, the sky is falling. Well it’s not. News, not unlike most businesses, is in a transition. Also, like most businesses, some things they project are false and some are not. A neutral, truly neutral news source is difficult to find. They place you in their little gangs of Liberal or Conservative, anti or pro this or that and I could create a list longer then the print or dialogue of most news sources.
You have to be a realist and take a, you know, realistic look at what is being said and who is saying it. You have to evaluate does this source have a bias and if so can I trust anything they say. Instead of creating a class culture of sex, colour, religion or origin, a culture that professes and adheres to different levels of competence would generate positives instead of divisive biases. You cannot make decisions based on a bias or mandate. Decisions can only be the best when you place the best fitting square peg in the square hole and round peg in the round hole. Anything else is a degree of incompetence.
The other side of the coin is your own bias. If you don’t keep an open mind and hear what the other biased side says, then you won’t ever know. To read, what those you disagree with say, means you are choice neutral and probably a good friend to have regardless of differences. Funny how most marriage relationships that seem to work best are created by opposite personalities in action and thought. On the other hand most friendship relationships that works best are similar personalities in action and thought. Having said that you’ve no doubt made your best choice in marriage and your worst choice in association.
What on earth does this have to do with news you ask? Well think about it. The news source you are drawn to is like your friend, they massage your ego by having you think that the whole world thinks just like you. Maybe it's time to start treating it as a marriage and expand your horizons. Include those who don't appeal to your bias but who actually challenge you intellectually. Expand your horizons so you can make more informed decisions.
Yes there is false news, yes there is bias and yes you have the choice to make your own decision and base those on what you perceive to be facts. That’s what separates those who lead from those who blindly follow.
Editorial PTBOregion, March 9, 2017


COMMENTS THAT STAY

The Sale of YOUR Utility

The sale of PDI. Mayor Daryl Bennett and Councilors; Dan McWilliams, Henry Clarke, Andrew Beamer, Lesley Parnell and Dave Haacke voted in favour of the sale. Councilors; Diane Therrien, Dean Pappas, Don Vassiliadis, Gary Baldwin and Keith Riel voted against the sale. Depending on how you believe this should be a big part of your voting decision in the next Municipal Election.
If you think you will see any proceeds forget it. They are busy spending it already. Costly studies like the silly arena and hotel/condo complex downtown on the Peterborough Works Property that never needed to be moved, this writer's opinion. Contrary to what you are told that the City could not enter into arrangement with PDI, the Works actually took care of PDI vehicles that will now cease, a reduction in work, not an increase. The list of spending opportunities they are exploring is as long as it is bad.
To end on a positive note, thank you Dean Del Mastro it seems your railroad is about to become a reality. Dean was a builder and uniter not a single issue person.


Police Services

OCPC has taken control of OUR PETERBOROUGH "Civilian" Police Board. Our current Mayor claims this to be a "tremendous victory" for the community. He was just absolved of the crime of trying to do his job as mayor. This is not a victory but is a major blow against the community! Some say, get a competitive quote, an OPP quote. Other rumours persist that the City of Peterborough is subsidizing the policing cost for Lakefield and Millbrook. An OPP quote makes sense as the Province is now running the show and if they can do it as well, embed current staff and at a lower cost then let them have it! If I read the police act correctly the province will subsidize a community for using the OPP. Here is the OPP billing platform for 2017.
Our current average cost appears to be around $625 per property (residential and business). How much is Lakefield and Millbrook paying per property?


City of Peterborough, Branded

The City of Peterborough is fishing for a a new brand. As it can no longer claim The Electric City, since dumping our Electric Utility, PDI, try Unelectric City with the tag line "lots of gas and limited brightness".

Editorial PTBOregion, March 12, 2017

 


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