“I don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you so,” is how Councillor David Boushy started the conversation when he found out boat ramps at Centennial Park cost $1 million.
Boushy, who has been a staunch opponent of cost over runs at the $13.5 million Centennial Park remediation is so angry he can barely contain himself.
The $1 million figure is contained in a substantial report to Council from Chief Administrative Officer Margaret Misek – Evans.
“Margaret’s come up with 101 excuses,” says Boushy, “but there it is”. He says Council was told last fall and earlier this year that the boat ramps would cost $400,000.00 to $500,000.00 but Boushy says, “I knew that couldn’t be”.
The incumbent Councillor who is seeking re-election has been opposed to “every aspect” of the Centennial Park remediation. “Sure, there was asbestos but this administration hired a consultant that didn’t know anything about asbestos,” notes Boushy, “and after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on Golder and Associates we fired them.”
He went on to note this outgoing Council approved all costs. “It was obvious to me,” says Boushy, “the boat ramps should have been left where they were and we could have saved a million dollars”.