Kelly Sinoski recently sat down to chat with Ms. Watts about the million dollar boondoggle new city hall that opponent Ross Buchanan has called for an immediate halt, reveal and review on, in light of the city taking on $100 million dollars in debt over 30 years to pay for it, by way of passing a bylaw with no public consultation to do so.
It is quite interesting that when Kelly asks Ms. Watts how the city is paying for the city hall in particular, Watts dodges the question by talking about the potential lease income for the old city hall and other revenue streams that are already part of the budget.
She does not just admit the city is taking on $100 million in debt to pay for this, with interest over thirty years, nor does she address the lack of any public consultation.
Watts also sidesteps with considerable skill, the talk of an incinerator in Surrey, of which a representative from Aquilini Renewable Energy already confirmed to the Leader was under consideration for a property in Campbell heights that they held an option on, for some time. That option recently expired, but Watts has now taken the stance that it was not an incinerator that was talked about with Aquilini, but a Waste to Energy facility… a fancy term for an incinerator, among other items. All in contradiction to not just one council members statements,but several, and in contradiction to metro Vancouver spokesperson Bill Morrell who clearly stated that Surrey had expressed an interest in hosting an incinerator.
You can scroll down a bit to read the full story on this boondoggle that reminds me far too much of Vancouvers Owelympic village for my liking. Let’s hope Surrey taxpayers aren’t left holding the bag for this price tag,since all this development is still just plopped down in the middle of Whalley, adjacent to the Surrey Central skytrain station which is still a sketchy place to travel through, despite years of trying to make it anything else.