Bradner hosted an ‘all candidates meeting on Wednesday, though the final list of candidates will not be official until 4 PM today.

Below is a little extract from Mike Archer’s report on that town hall meeting, as well as a few pictures of the prep work done at a cost of $8 million, according to city staff FOI.

(Henry Braun and Patricia Ross are on record as opposing Banman’s plans to preside over economic development.  Good for them.)

 

Gerda Peachey

Candidate Gerda Peachey spoke of the need to have professionals handle the economic development file in Abbotsford rather than allowing mayor and council direct the city’s efforts.
“They have no skin in the game,” she said, adding that council’s track record of disastrous decisions – Plan A, the Abbotsford Heat, the YMCA – were evidence that council is not up to the task. She provided a further example of a development along Railway Avenue which saw the City pay for infrastructure including roads, lighting, and sidewalks to the tune of $8 Million with not development whatsoever.


2 COMMENTS

  1. Gerda Peachey

    October 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Mike: Just a bit of an error correction in this sentence,….”a development along Railway Avenue which saw the City pay for infrastructure including roads, lighting, and sidewalks to the tune of $8 Million with not development whatsoever.” From the back of the hall, it was probably difficult for you to hear, but I was talking about an area behind Homestead Nusery on Marshall Rd, that is between Clearbrook and Foy St. The city had a lot of men and equipment working there for over a year, preparing for future industrial development. So some serious infrastructure work is done now, in the event that industry wants to develop there. I’ve asked staff how the city would recover Development Cost Charges, since the $8 million has already been spent on it. Anyway, about a year has passed since the crews left, and the road, sidewalk and lamp posts sit silent while the weeds and thistles grow there.

  2. The Editor

    October 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks Gerda, Not only was I at the back of the hall … I’m getting old :)
    Thanks for your help.

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