Re: June 18, 2013 Council Agenda (Craig’s 3-18)

The pdf version of the full agenda package is at:

An Html version is at:

Items of interest:

Agenda item 7.1 Paul Leader and BobTrask, Chesley Lake Ratepayers, Beavers in Chesley Lake and Request for Financial Assistance

Is this a matter for the conservation authority?

Agenda item 8.1 EDO03-2013 Sauble Beach Wayfinding

It is not clear from the EDO report is how much taxpayers’ money is going into signs promoting private sector commercial businesses.  Commercial signs should not be paid for by property taxes.

Agenda item 8.6 JACKSON01-2013 Amabel Sauble School Capital Financing

A few months back council was deceived into believing that the Town was contractually obligated to give the school board an extra $51,000 per year for the Sauble School.

In fact the town had no such contractual obligation.

Council, agreed anyway, totally unconcerned about the fact that donating the $51,000 makes no sense and unconcerned that the $51,000 adds almost another 1% to property taxes, making almost everyone worse off.

Now there is a proposal to give the school board even more.

Once again the false claim is being made that we are “not paying our share”.

It is a false claim.  Our agreement is clear.  Before the $51,000 we were paying according to our agreement with the school board.  With the $51,000 we are paying $51,000 more than what is required by agreement.

Council should turn this new proposal down.  It, like the $51,000 grant, is contrary to the public interest.

Council should not be using tax money to distort school board decisions and to meddle in school board business.

Agenda item 8.11 CLK50-2013 Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 122-2009 Housekeeping Amendment

I took a look at some of the so-called “housekeeping” amendments.  Some are not “housekeeping” at all.  Some are major and significant changes.

It is quite dishonest to call the amendments “housekeeping”.

This may have caused residents to pay less attention than they otherwise would.

Council should recast the proposed changes as significant modifications and start the review process over again.


Just Like Mike Duffy, John Close is using taxpayers’ money for private expenses (Craig’s 3-17)

Below is a letter I sent to council:


June 9, 2013

Members of Council, TSBP

Re:  Improper Use Of Treasury Funds By John Close For Private Purpose

On April 29, 2013 I received a notice prohibiting me from entering John Close’s property  at 14 Hea Road in Red Bay.  The notice is attached.

I am not at all concerned about receiving the notice.

I am concerned however that the notice, a purely private matter between me and John Close, was inappropriately paid for by the taxpayers of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

The notice is on Miller Thomson letterhead and is signed by Miller Thomson lawyer Steven O’Melia.  Mr. O’Melia’s billing rate is $575 per hour.

In the subject line of the letter is “Close ats Gammie Court File No. 12-262”.

The notice has absolutely nothing to do with court file 12-262.

Court file 12-262 was put in the subject line to make it look like the notice has something to do with the town, and to provide a TSBP account to charge the lawyer’s time to.

The charge to the TSBP account called 12-262 is illegitimate.

(Any charges related to case 12-262 are illegal, but that is an issue for another time.)

The April 29 notice has nothing to do with the town.  It is a private matter between me and John Close.

Generation, issue, and delivery of the notice were paid for not by John Close, but rather from the TSBP treasury.

That was an improper and unauthorized use of taxpayers’ money.

If John Close wants to issue me a no-trespass notice, he must do it at his own expense, not use taxpayers’ money.

When John Close takes money from the treasury and uses it for private purpose he brings shame not only on himself, but also on all the rest of council.

Council needs to take action to require John Close to pay back, to the treasury, the cost of the April 29 notice.

Council should also issue a serious reprimand.

Craig Gammie

April 29 2013 no tres notice close gammie.pdf