By Mike Archer. In an noticeable break with decorum Councillor Bill MacGragor called Councillor Henry Braun’s motion to end the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the YMCA “tasteless.”
Braun had made a motion to tear up the MOU with the YMCA and give the new City Manager, George Murray, a chance to examine the whole issue and make a recommendation to Council. Councillor Moe Gill seconded Braun’s motion but the motion was eventually defeated with the majority of Council voting to keep the MOU alive.
MacGregor told Council he objected to Braun’s motion in principle calling it “premature and tasteless” and equivalent to Council going back on its word with an organization which had negotiated in good faith.
In a heated sometimes exchange, Braun told Council, “We’ve already decimated the DCC fund. Let’s not do the same to the Capital Reserve Fund.”
Councilor Patricia Ross said she was confused and just wanted everyone to know she thought both sides should have a say and that democracy was what mattered most to her.
Councillor Dave Loewen was against Braun’s motion although Councillor Gibson wanted it on the record that he supported the first part – accepting the report from staff.
Councillor Moe Gill said he supported the motion because the City simply doesn’t have $17.5 million to give away.
“We simply don’t have the money,” said Gill.
“Then the YMCA is now going to go out there and engage [in selling this idea] with our community without any decision from Council,” said Braun.