Crosby's Auto Sales was recently purchased by the Town of Cornwall for $700,000.
Editor: It is easy to be suspicious of Cornwall’s recent decision at a closed-door meeting to pay $700,000 for the Crosby Auto property (over $200,000 above appraised value). The public has yet to hear a supportable explanation for this decision. To spend such an amount without any guarantee the RCMP Queens County detachment will reside there is shocking and I’m sure the few officers needed to police Cornwall could be accommodated at a fraction of this cost.
If past history is any indication, the council will likely move forward with this purchase no matter what public concerns there may be. Could the mayor at least confirm we will not be on the hook for any environmental cleanup costs or for the removal of buildings and equipment.
The mayor has indicated the town’s exposure on the Industrial Park fluctuated between $500,000 and $1 million over the last 10 years. Well, we now have a new exposure of $700,000 for a very small piece of property. One could seriously question the so-called vision in buying this property.
While I’m sure that Eliot Park will be happy with the new booster station, there are still water pressure issues elsewhere in Cornwall.
Whether the cost of the town hall was $1.9 or $2 million, we will be paying for it for some time to come. The previous council did not dwell on the increased debt caused by the new town hall but rather rolled up its sleeves and worked hard to reduce the debt by 8.6 per cent in its four-year term. I, for one, would be very happy if the current council were to achieve a similar reduction in its term. By the way, Mr. Mayor, what is our debt today if you include the Crosby purchase?
In closing, Mr. Mayor, I can only hope this council’s vision will be to exercise great prudence on where to spend our hard earned tax dollars, especially in these tough economic times.