New Woodstock Art Gallery Proposal Balloons Out Of Control


 So once more the council of the city of Woodstock(COW) has decided to vote against the people of its’ own community and has decided that they will advance the idea of building a new art Gallery(next to the methadone clinic) in the downtown core of the City.(hey, this could be good, you could buy some oxycontin/meth or crack on the way into the gallery…to dull the pain of staring at this bastardly overpriced doodle art…err Florence Carslyle stuff that most people in Woodstock could care less about)
 Months ago when the idea of building a new gallery came to light, Woodstocks’ Mayor Michael Harding  stated that the cost of building a new gallery would come in close to the $4million mark. At this past Thursdays’ COW council meeting the proposal was released to the public and at that point the public became aware that suddenly the gallery is costing around $8.3 million compared to the $4 million that Harding had  originally told the community. Does anyone wonder how this thing has ballooned in price or is someone perhaps getting a kickback somewhere?(which is not unheard of in elected government)
 Considering we are in a recession, I would think the cost of building this white elephant would be less, but no, the costs are spiralling out of control and there really is no reason for that. People in the construction business have been telling me that this is the time to build, lumber is the cheapest its’ been in 20 years, and as well most construction firms have lowered their expectation and are willing to work for a little bit less…just to keeep working.
 So to me, it just does not add up. 
I think Sobeski  said it right when he stated they were attempting to build a Disney land on Dundas street, and the public just isn’t interested…he’s right, the public ain’t interested Mike.



  1. Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    “the public ain’t interested Mike.”

    Only 6% of the public aren’t interested. 89% are very interested. They’re dead set against the idea. I’d call that interested. 🙂

    HEART FM survey,

    “Would you like to see the Woodstock Art Gallery relocate to 449 Dundas Street?”

    Yes ………..6%
    NO ………..89%
    Undecided ……6%

  2. Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Hugo said. “Council’s decision came in a gallery packed mostly with advisory committee members.”

    Wrong. There were only three advisory committee members present. The rest were Friends of the Art gallery that are NOT supporting this and members of the public that oppose the gallery project.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    There’s no reason to wonder why it’s ballooned in price. The same people that rammed through the purchase of the Shoppers property are the ones pushing for this bloated refit. They never should have bought the building. They know it and they are quite happy to spend millions so they don’t have to admit the purchase was stupid and irresponsible.

    This project serves one purpose and one purpose only. It’s a desperate attempt to cover up the stupidity of four councillors and the advisory committee.

    Headline: “It’s not working.”

    Every move they make digs the hole deeper. The only good news is that this just might cost those four their jobs when the next election comes around. Hopefully a new Mayor and Council will see their way clear to replacing the current advisory committee with people who are responsible and will work with and for the community at large and not their own personal interests.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted March 8, 2009 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Maybe 3 of the councils will get jobs agin.

  5. Hugo
    Posted March 8, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Anon, 7:20
    Indeed– there are only six advisory committee members and there were far more people in the pews at council.
    But I would find it hard to believe they were all against? Is that why so many left after the Lord presentation ended and didn’t stay to see / hear council’s actual decision? Seems to me if you were opposed to this, you would stay to look council in the eye as it voted.
    When council was actually debating and voting, there were about half a dozen people tsk tsking any negative comment on moving ahead and about three people in the rows opposite shaking their heads in disgust.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted March 8, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    I got my info about them being against from a reliable source who spoke to one of the Friends in attendance. They’re not amused. They see a train wreck coming. I have no doubt they want a new gallery but this refit of an old hulk isn’t what they worked for.

    I suspect if the Friends were supportive the Heart FM poll would look quite different.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    “When council was actually debating….”

    That wasn’t a debate. They all knew how they were going to vote going in. Anyone familiar with this mess knows who is going to vote for or against without hanging around to hear the yeas and nays.

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