It is with a great deal of dismay that I read in the local paper of the large donations given to a for-profit corporation (Gemini).
It is in my opinion that there should be some hard questions asked before any donation is made, let alone of this size.
Do we have a policy regarding donations and if so what it is? And if not, why not?
Does the request meet any or all of the criteria?
What is the overall benefit to the local ratepayers?
Have all other options been explored?
When it is a project introducing another level of government i.e. provincial highway, was that department consulted?
Are the numbers being given reasonable for what is involved ($100,000) per move?
Being a director of Battle River REA, I would say the answer to the last question is a definite no.
Battle River REA is responsible for 34 of the 40 crossings involved and has billed Gemini approximately two thousand dollars in the last year.
D. Vern Dick