CHEAP SEATS: Too many councillors missed the point on shuttle proposal
The issue with Belleville city council’s 60 minute debate over a proposed shuttle to the Yardmen Arena last week is not that councilors spent an hour arguing over something that added almost nothing to the total budget.
It’s that so many around the horseshoe completely missed the point of the proposal.
The proposal was designed to alleviate parking problems at the Quinte Sport and Wellness Centre, which currently has 1,000 parking spaces for a potential 5,000 visitors.
Three different councillors said they didn’t want to use taxpayer dollars to drive people to hockey games, which implies these people wouldn’t go if the city weren’t paying for the ride.
Of course they are going. In their cars. Along with a several thousand other people, all with nowhere to park.
Which would leave them parking virtually anywhere they could put their car.
Of course there are other solutions, such as buy more land and pave it for a parking lot, which will cost more than $25,000. Or council could look at progressive, responsible solutions that among other things reduce the number of polluting vehicles idling around a local high school.
But that would require councilors to actually understand what they are talking about. In the case of at least several, that trip still has a ways to go.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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