The Oliphant Water Plant Fiasco (Craig’s Commentary 3-6)

In the period 2002 to 2006 then-mayor Carl Noble pushed through council an 11.4 million dollar project which combined the eleven Sauble area water systems into four, one of the four being the Oliphant system (a.k.a. the Fiddlehead system).

In the decision process:

  • Much of the decision process was hidden.
  • Alternative solutions were not fairly considered, if at all.
  • The financial assessment of the chosen solution and the few alternatives was fraudulent.
  • The true capital and operating costs of the Oliphant upgrades were hidden.

Most of the capital and operating costs of the Oliphant system were illegally passed on to the users on the Foreman, Huron Woods, and Sauble school systems.

If not for the fraud, the problem could have been addressed far less expensively.

As a result of the fraud, all users on the Sauble Area systems got a capital bill of almost $7000, and monthly costs are now sky high.

In mid-2011 one resident asked for details on how capital and operating costs got so out of control, and was rudely told by then CAO Rhonda Cook that the town was not responsible and that the resident and her friends were in good part to blame for the high costs. Cook’s claim was preposterous.

Around the same time, in Council chambers, in an act of bullying, Councillor Turner launched a disparaging oral attack on that same resident, just for asking.

In late 2010 the Ministry of the Environment determined that the Fiddlehead water plant was not working properly, and as designed and constructed could not work properly, and that drinking water safety was an issue. As a temporary measure the plant was shut down and water for Oliphant users was trucked from Wiarton.

This left council with a decision of what to do for the longer term.

So how did council decide what to do?

Council just copied the Carl Noble process.

Council decided to upgrade the Fiddlehead plant.

The decision was made partly in closed meetings, away from the scrutiny of the public.

Council failed to consider alternatives, at least did not consider any in public.

Council failed to properly consider the financial impacts of their preferred solution, and did not consider financial impacts of alternatives at all (because no alternatives were really considered).

Council has decided to make all TSBP residents pay for 50% of the Fiddlehead system upgrade bills, which is illegal. The other 50% will be distributed to all Sauble System users, which is also illegal.

The only element present in the current process that was not in the Carl Noble process was the failure on the part of the current council to even consider suing the people (Genivar) who designed and built the Oliphant system that doesn’t work.

The decision process and the decision are an inexcusable affront to the Oliphant water users, to the Sauble area water system users, and to all of the people of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

How could council do that?

Because most members of council believe that they are above the law, and that they have no obligation to the people.

Their obligation to the people is to conduct an open and proper decision process.

Their obligation in law is to not bill taxpayers for capital upgrades for a system that they are not, and will not be, and cannot be, served by. (See Municipal Act section 391).

Council needs to make this right.



6 thoughts on “The Oliphant Water Plant Fiasco (Craig’s Commentary 3-6)

  1. amartiannamedsmith says:

    It’s a good thing Martians don’t vomit
    The only true or unexagerated statement you made in that whole account is: “This left council with a decision of what to do for the longer term.”

    Don’t forget Craig, that everyone now knows you admitted to a Superior Court justice in his courtroomthat in your Comentaries (with an s) you exagerate and you lie to make your point and I believe you told him as well that everyone who knows you knows you do this.

    What about the poor people who don’t know you Craig, those who believe your lies and exagerations to be true?
    As Welsh said to McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency sir? Have you no shame?”

    You truly are a piece of work, less than the slime in the Fiddlehead filter medium – and don’t ask me to prove what I said, you know I’ve got the proof that no one should believe anything you claim!

    the Martian

    • dirtbagjimbo says:

      Jim Turner, Councillor, TSBP, was an Administrator for this blog for a period of time. He had access to information which he passed on to others to be used in litigation against some of the very taxpayers he supposedly represents.

      He voted numerous times, in secret, and at least once (the *final* time) FOR using taxpayer money to fund the same litigation. Strangely, even though he was an Administrator, he didn’t face litigation.

      He posts on this blog under the pseudonym “amartiannamedsmith”, as well as various other pseudonyms.

      Strangely, even though he has more posts on this blog, by a huge margin, than anyone else, none of his vitriolic comments appeared in the statement of claim, although numerous other comments not referencing the plaintiff, were used.

      In a recent post, amartiannamedsmith said this:

      “I don’t know you Craig, but I’ve seen you in action, read your words, …”

      So, therein lies the problem: Jim Turner is a liar. We know for a fact that Jim Turner, Councillor, TSBP knows Craig.

      So, why should we believe anything else Jim Turner says? At which point is he no longer a liar?

      And you were doing so well, Jim Turner. Why’d you lie?

      • amartiannamedsmith says:

        “In a recent post, amartiannamedsmith said this:

        “I don’t know you Craig, but I’ve seen you in action, read your words, …”

        So, therein lies the problem: Jim Turner is a liar.”

        Say what? 2 + 2 = 9?

        Well aren’t YOU a contradiction, if not a worthy adversary!
        Now I know who you are and if memory serves, I’ve told you before when you posted under your other aliases that you shouldn’t state as fact the rumors you hear and things you can only guess at.

        Craig probably has more posts and “Bruce” certainly does – but who besides you is counting?

        Of course the councilor must know Craig – what councilor, what judge, what employee or volunteer worker for the town wouldn’t? But – I don’t!

        Say what you want – but when I look in a mirror all I see is me. The name is Mike and if you want to call me Jim Turner I won’t shed tears! According to you, Jim Turner, the guy you love to hate, is a Superman, he’s all powerful, he’s everywhere. His aliases include every person who posts on this blog that you don’t like – you even had people thinking he was you!
        But now that your words reveal who you are, I understand why you think and act the way you do.

        As for the rest of your dirt; according to “Bruce” in a previous post, his friend Jim helped him out on the blog for a short time during a serious illness, requested that “Bruce” change the administrator codes so he would NOT be able to reveal identities well before any charges were filed and then removed himself from council votes on the subject.

        Let’s see, helped a friend in a time of need, showed integrity afterwords – yeah, he’s someone YOU’D want everybody to hate!

        I’m sure everyone here knows that a Dirtbag is usually found attached to an old vacuum that sucks in all the dirt left by others – and you don’t disappoint!

        Other than my name Mike, the ONLY other way I post is:

        The Martian

      • Here’s a life lesson for you Dirtbag. There’s nothing quite as suspect as deductive logic.
        See who posted this – now take a look at who signed it!

        If you’re right then “Bruce” is the Martian and if the Martian is Jim Turner……
        then “Bruce” must be Jim Turner!!!
        That means that Bruce/Martian/Turner must have gone into a council closed session and voted to sue himself!!!!
        Can’t figure why I/we would do that???

        Wait a minute… there’s another possibility!
        Craig Gammie has administrator access to this blog so maybe Craig is the Martian and that would make Craig…. Jim Turner and that means, Oh Oh…. Craig/Martian/Turner went into a council closed session and voted to sue himself!!!
        Now that makes more sense! When Craig doesn’t understand something he always sues!!!!!

        the Martian

    • dirtbagjimbo says:

      I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

      the Martian

      • amartiannamedsmith says:

        Ask the mirror on the wall
        Who’s the biggest fool of all
        Bet you’ll feel small, it happens to us all


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