City Planning Committee Sept. 23 agenda - $7.7 million sewer extension: Claridge, Minto and Richcraft and the question of optics
Tomorrow (September 23, 2014) the City of Ottawa`s planning committee will be dealing with an agenda item - the extension of the South Nepean Sewer Collector, worth $7.7 million. This is to service lands being developed by Claridge Homes, Minto and Richcraft Homes, three of the City`s largest developers. Without this sewer extension, these lands could not be developed.
There are 10 members of Planning Committee: Peter Hume (Alta Vista Ward & Chair), Jan Harder (Barrhaven), Stephen Blais (Cumberland), Rainer Bloess (Innes), Rick Chiarreli (College), Katherine Hobbs (Kitchissippi), Allan Hubley (Kanata South), Bob Monette (Orleans), Shad Qadri (Stittsville), and Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill-Cyrville).
All but one (Shad Qadri) has taken campaign contributions from these corporations (and families connected with these corporations) - Claridge, Minto & Richcraft - totalling $12,000 in the last municipal election, donations that helped get them elected. And on Tuesday, they will be voting on this project.
This is not happenstance. Last election there were 23 councillors elected - two used surpluses from the previous election as their campaign revenues. Of the remaining 21, they received 72% of all corporate contributions made for City Council (not counting the mayoralty). And the overwhelming bulk of these were from corporations that did business with City Hall.
Just sayin` ...