The roof at the Civic Complex is leaking. Again. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Here we are, having to deal with that roof once again, for the third time in 12 years. That bids the question, is our municipal government insane? In 2004, repairs were done at a whooping cost of $460,000, which was taken out of the Progress Fund interest. In 2006, out of the same pocket, for the modest sum of $464,000, the whole thing was redone. That’s almost a million dollars. Let that sink in. One. Million. Dollars.
As a tax payer, I question the decisions of the past council. Why, if the roof was so bad in 2004, was half a million dollars spent on it for repairs only to turn around, two years later, and have to redo the entire thing? Perhaps, if the situation was that dramatic that it required that much to be spent on repairs, replacement should have been considered in the first place? After all, the cost of redoing the roof was only a few thousands more than to do repairs! It would have saved us half a million… And at that cost, why didn’t the repairs hold longer than 2 years? Wasn’t there a warranty in place? How about on the new roof, wasn’t there a warranty on that? This makes no sense. Makes you wonder if somebody, somehow, benefitted from the situation. I’m not saying somebody did, but you know, it’s one of these things that make you go hmmmmm…
I will be interested to see how this story develops.
School Bus Cancellations
Yes, we’ve had 6 “snow days” over the course of 3 weeks. I know this is a pain in the neck for some parents who may have to arrange for babysitting or for alternate transportation to and from the schools. I’ve received a lot of comments about “how ridiculous” this policy is. “There’s not even any snow or ice on the road! Why on earth do they cancel school? I think teachers just want the day off” is the latest one I’ve heard.
First and foremost, let me explain that the teachers do NOT get the day off. They are still at their post, doing their job. They have to dig themselves out of snow banks to make sure they are in school on time. Schools are open, kids are welcome to attend if they can get there, so there goes that theory.
Second, I would much rather them cancelling school and find out it was for nothing than them allowing busses to proceed and end up in a major storm risking an accident. I ‘m glad they don’t toy with kids’ safety. Plus, a day off is good for everyone! 😉