Leadership vacuum demands Midhurst Plan must be altered

Just how out-of-focus is Linda Collins’ Springwater Township administration?

You decide:

**  April 16, 2012 — +200 township residents during dinner on a Monday night, respectfully attend their first council meeting with a 1,400 person petition asking for a dialogue

versus

** April 19th — council responds not to their voters but by trying to “spin” the story via the Barrie Examiner.

After professionally waiting for a direct reply from their leader (re: good faith conversation), former councillor Dr. Paul Fleming is forced to respond in a letter to the editor: Midhurst plan must be altered [Word pdf] on April 26, 2012.

The president of the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association explains  how many in the township feel they were duped:

The problem for Midhurst residents is that most of the previous public meetings did not include the number of people expected in the new development.

Instead the impression was created that Midhurst would grow by about 1,000 to 2,000 people over the next 20 years.

It was only a month before council approved the secondary plan that two critical public meetings revealed the true scope of the township’s plans for enormous growth in Midhurst.

Both of these meetings were slipped in near the end of summer of 2008, on Aug. 28 and Sept. 9 [2008].

Lack of Big-Picture Thinking on Residents’ Part?

An additional…

  1. 1,000, or
  2. 2,000, or
  3. 30,000 more people in 20 years?

Is it any wonder why over 200 people showed up to the Midhurst Community Centre on November 29, 2011 and again to their township chambers on April 16, 2012?

What delineates innocent “fuzzy thinking” (incompetence) from intentional electoral misrepresentation [then and now] once the current administration was informed 5-6 months ago?

— see Media stories archive on iLoveMidhurst.ca.

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