It would appear from the latest Town Talk news letter that the mayor has taken the opportunity in his message, in light of the looming election, to compose a defense against recent criticisms of his understanding and inaction on the economic issues facing Sidney’s downtown.
The mayor’s original position was to let the downtown businesses solve their own problems. However, this position gave way under heavy criticism. It was only then that he established the Mayor’s Task Force for Downtown Revitalization.
If it were not for the SBIA and the business acumen they could offer, the mayor and council would continue to flounder on this issue.
Despite this help they remain slow to act and aside from some ill conceived expenditure on benches there has been little in the way of tangible results. Many of the ideas offered up are not new and many of the new ideas are not difficult for council to implement. Yet here we are still reading about all the good intentions.
People will be left to consider these well-publicized good intentions at election time in November when they should be voting based on this councils past deeds. Considering their past deeds this is probably council’s best strategy.