Here is a note I published on Facebook on January 25th, 2014.
I wish Rogers had televised the Finance meeting as the discussion took many turns and is difficult to capture in an article. In the meantime, I would appreciate your input.
First, some context to Tuesday's discussion:
My key concern is that we make an informed decision. Here is some of what I'm considering:
Given the Lac-Mégantic derailment in Quebec on July 4th, 2013, in my estimation, the buffer required between rail and buildings will only increase in the foreseeable future from the standards that were put forward in May 2013.
Here's an article from this week discussing the Transportation Safety Board's conclusions from the disaster: http://bit.ly/1aSr9ex
One of the proponents of saving a portion of the structure mentioned the experience of standing in the space. I am not committed to saving a portion or demolishing the entire structure, I just want a plan that aims to honour our heritage, strengthen our future and respect our financial reality.
We don't need a physical blank slate to begin planning, we need a piece of paper or a Facebook note and ideas. This is where you come in. What does Stratford need? What can we afford? Dream a little, be practical, together let's help shape the next chapter of our history.
Note the settings on this note are public. All are welcome to comment. I tagged a range of people who are connected to Stratford and if you share, I may remove your tag and tag someone else to generate more input - it won't be a reflection on your idea(s). One of Stratford's strengths is that we not only have residents who will want to share ideas but that we are blessed to have many who have a great affection for Stratford who may participate as well.