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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Recreation Projects Discussed in Saugeen Shores Budget Deliberations

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Deputy Mayor disappointed as requests get turned down.

Waterloo Street Park 

For the most part, the Saugeen Shores capital budget discussions on Tuesday were smooth sailing.

However,  a couple of requests by Deputy Mayor Don Matheson had him upset.

One of the requests Matheson had was to spend just over $83,000 on a multi sport court behind the Rotary Hall in Southampton.

Matheson want to develop some basketball courts but the request was turned away.

He says the town needs to do something for the kids and a quick, cheap way is to develop the basketball courts.

When turned down, Matheson says he was "disheartened at the lack of vision.".

A short time later, he requested 2-million-dollars to get the Lamont Sports Park rolling.

This time the request was deferred until council sees a design plan and a business plan

Matheson says his ad-hoc committee hopes to see designs at their meeting next week and to make a presentation to council in January.

Some councillors agreed with Matheson to commit the money to show the community, they're moving forward.

Mayor Luke Charbonnea says he can't support the move without seeing design plans and so on.

However, he does assure citizens they intend to build the park with 1.6-million-dollars already put aside.

He says they need to "make sure they have a good a way that doesn't overburden the taxpayer."
Council voted to defer Matheson's request.

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