It seems that at least one Cambridge politician is eager to unecessarily spend even more taxpayer’s dollars before the funds are in the city coffers.
An article by Kevin Swayze in today’s Waterloo Region Record (Jan. 20, 2011) says that City council is “looking for $153 million it doesn’t have”. (Funny thing, so am I).
The sum of $40 millon is needed to widen Speedsville Road to four lanes from Eagle Street traveling north.
Another $31 million needs to be spent to fix leaky water and sewer pipes. Add to that &20 million for road and bridge maintenance, $17 million for drains and stormwater pond repairs and $10 million for rebuilding Townline Road. And then there is $5.1 million for Drayton – money which needs to be borrowed. And there are lesser amounts needed for other projects.
I’m not convinced of the urgency of widening Speedsville Road at the present time. Oh yes, I sometimes get caught up for a few minutes on that stretch when workers from Toyota and other businesses are heading home. But $40 million is a pile of money.
The leaky water pipes and sewers, it seems to me, should be priority number one. A million dollars worth of water is leaking from those pipes every year. Get those pipes repaired – and yes, borrow to do it if necessary. That is one of the most basic parts of our infrastructure. Get the shovels in the ground. I’m sure there is urgency in some of the other infrastructure repairs as well.
Now, you would think that politicians in a city so far behind on major repairs to infrastructure would not be dreaming of any grand projects for some time to come. But not Karl Kiefer. He is proposing “major multi-use arena-convention-aquatics centre”. Council will be looking at a concept plan later this year.
Gimme a break Karl. Give a break to all Cambridge taxpayers.