As part of their "bonus" for getting elected to council, another member of the disUNITY team made his first appearance on the Cueball show Friday.
John Schilling from Division 2 spent his time taking calls, and spending money we were told by Bob "Screwdriver" Manning that Council doesn't have. Caller 1- "Edmonton Park that needs playground equipment and a toilet block". Schilling agrees. Caller 2 - "road needs resurfacing". Schilling "we'll get right on that". Schilling spent the first fifteen minutes spending like a drunken sailor. Apparently hasn't read the fine print on his councillor contract yet. We're going to be in for a stunning rate rise.
Then we got the obligatory aural fellation by Karin "Pearl Necklace" Pollard in Wangetti. When she turned the conversation to her pet hate, the Entertainment Precinct, she pushed the hillbilly solution which generally involves a paint job for the current Civic Theater. To his credit however, Schilling put Pearly straight with the revelation (still being withheld from the public by Manning) that a rehab of the Civic Theater would cost "AT LEAST $60 to $80 Million!" This without any solution to the lack of parking, with no chance to offset operational costs by shared use with the Convention Centre, and with at least three years of no shows.
And this information with still no consultation by the Manning council with the users. Arts community leaders are starting to express concern that all the secrecy will leave them with a new Civic Albatross.
No song from Pearl upon hearing this stunning news - she has been convinced a couple million would do the trick. Pearl, you're an idiot.
Schilling then said that Mayor Bob has been working on a "public-private partnership" for the project, which smells to us like some kind of "free land" deal for some developer. But of course Schilling knew no details, because under the new disUNITY regime, the public is the last one to be consulted, if at all.
Schilling also announced another big "adios" to a longtime civil servant, Steve Tyter, and read excerpts of what Tyter thought was an email to his colleagues at council. The bloodletting continues; we understand another senior manager will be gone next week.