I have to admit it does get tiring watching Council play 70′s Pong with Barrie heritage. This past week Council once again referred the issue of 81 new heritage registry listings back to Heritage Barrie. We’ve gone full loop now.
On January 4th council was to review the recommendation from General committee to add properties to the Heritage registry list in Barrie. Andrew Prince councilor and council appointed Chair of Heritage Barrie, failed to show up at that meeting.
After Prince’s no show on the 4th – I guessed the new registry items were never going to make it to the list – at least not with this Council. Sometimes - one hates to be right and this is one of those times. Jan. 11th Barrie Council referred the recommendation back to Heritage Barrie.
Bob Bruton – Barrie Examiner wrote an excellent story detailing the events that led up to Councils decision, see below. Sometimes you wonder if people really get what is going on, and then a reporter writes a really good piece – such as Bruton’s – and you just know the public is going to understand the situation.
Barrie Examiner: Back to the drawing board for heritage registry
Jan. 12, 2010 -BOB BRUTON ( full story )
North isn’t buying it.
“It’s clear to me as a property owner, we are now a good candidate to be designated,” he said, after reading from the Ontario Heritage Act tool kit. “We do not want to be designated. We cannot run our hotel (Harbour View Inn).”
Coun. Andrew Prince, chairman of Heritage Barrie, asked why he hadn’t heard North’s concerns before.
“How come I was not approached with some of your concerns?” said Prince.
North did make a deputation to council in mid-December, but Prince was absent that night.
Full Article At http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2256238