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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Rec Centre Chatter Behind Closed Doors

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

Speculation the discussions were surrounding the construction timeline.

An Orillia Councillor wants to see a discussion on the rec centre out in the open.

The matter was discussed in closed session at last night's (MON) Council Committee meeting.

The nature of the in-camera session was to discuss a legal matter.

Councillor Mason Ainsworth believes the matter should be discussed in the open public session and asks what constitutes a legal matter?

He says if there is something potentially happening then it would make sense to have it in closed session but that doesn't appear to be the case.

Speculation is the discussions were surrounding the timeline of the rec centre construction.

Ainsworth says if people knew about the information being discussed, they wouldn't be happy that it was happening in closed session.

He says it comes down to how long has this information been out there and who has known about it.

Ainsworth says it is about accountability and the use of taxpayer's money.

He says it should not be hidden away because it is an election year and many on Council don't want to be embarrassed.

Ainsworth did get an amendment passed to have staff report back on the construction schedule and to have an overview meeting held by the recreation project team.

That motion to receive the report as amended was carried.

Ainsworth had earlier tried to get the entire discussion out of closed session and then tried to have the decision on the motion postponed pending an investigation by the closed-meeting investigator.

Construction on the the $53 Million recreational facility on West Street South is expected to be completed by August.

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