Once again DNV mayor Walton won’t take NO for an answer, wanting CNV to join his city in a reunification dance. What Walton doesn’t realize is our city council and staff dance card is FULL. It seemingly already has more than enough on its plate with the likes of a HJ Megadome, paying off Darwin Properties in an overtake of the existing HJCRC and Silver Harbour Centre, lawn bowling greens and tennis courts and possibly sliding in an unwanted neighbourhood casino! #Enough!
But here we go again, round two or is it round 8 with the District wanting to reopen this can of worms which if you listen closely to the following video has very little to offer our city. But unfortunately councillors Bell, Keating, Buchanan and our infamous mayor feel otherwise in that we should once again at taxpayers and city staff expense re-entertain Walton’s proposition whereby NOTHING HAS CHANGED or even being vaguely offered in Walton’s latest attempt at reeling in a ‘last chance’ reunification legacy! #ShameOnMayorWalton
The following video is a snap shot though lengthy, as I want to show just how adamantly opposed the idea/threat of amalgamation/reunification is with all our city councillors though OMG four are still willing to do the Walton Amalgamation Waltz. My video has not been cosmetically tampered (mayor) or have I added any balloon comments only bridge copy between cuts to the point of not temperature colour correcting councillors 3 shot purple complexions. #WaltonAmaglamationWaltz
Walton’s love letter will only further divide our two cities. #GetStuffed
One of the big ticket items tonight under many agenda headings is the new Harry Jerome CRC. Personally I feel this vessel is already being moored over at the DNVC’s new Delbrook Centre and at the West Vancouver Recreational Centre and currently proposed new lower Capilano Rec Centre.. Therefore there is no need for an over-the-top planned $130 – 160 million HJCRC Megadome.
Yes, there is a CNV and District of North Vancouver agreement to cost-share the operating costs for the new Harry Jerome Recreation Centre, including a 50 metre pool, consistent with the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission’s current operating cost-sharing formula, which applies to existing recreation facilities. And what may put this agreement in jeopardy/escrow is both cities share the SAME LAW FIRM – Bull + Housser. And with a number of private gyms holding their own in our city to support a new HJCRC Megadome featuring a 50 metre pool is too rich for my blood… I’m on a less tax, less density intake diet.
Spending up to $160 million on a new HJCRC that on the flip side will also increase our population/density by around 1,500 by double dipping campaign donor Darwin Developments. Replacing the existing Harry Jerome lands will only further exhaust and stress our sewer/water/road infrastructures and further congest our commuter/traffic crisis.
Instead we should be focusing, agenda-sizing real low income affordable rentals, NOT market valued rentals or WTF: $2,000 mo. reduced rentals that our low income (part-time) work force STILL can’t afford. A critical workforce determining the survival, the wellness of so many of our local retail and restaurant businesses!… The very ones (mayor) who do “bike to work.”
And when it comes to HJCRC well… we need to go back to the drawing board and look at a less hurried cost efficient approach that may just entail the redevelopment of the existing Harry Jerome complex in modular/re-adaptable annexed parcels. #HJreboot
And in other related traffic congestion news: mayor and city council…