|December 10, 1999
Chatham angling for superjail
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has been cosying up to the provincial government in hopes of being the site for a southwestern Ontario superjail.
Two municipal directors wrote to their boss, Chief Administrative Officer Hugh Thomas, in May. Heres what they had to report:
"The Solicitor-Generals office advised that Southwestern Ontario is expected to come under review in late 1999 and a proactive stance by Chatham-Kent would enhance our prospects of securing a facility.... In discussions with the Ministry, a 400-bed facility servicing Chatham-Kent, Windsor-Essex, Sarnia and Lambton is envisaged. We believe that based on our central location within this region and our excellent access via highway 401 and highway 40, Chatham-Kent is well positioned to secure this facility."
News of the move did not sit well with Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. "It would have an extremely negative impact financially and socially on Sarnia and Windsor if this proposal was accepted," he wrote to Windsor Mayor Mike Hurst Nov. 3.
Bradley called on Hurst to join a working group to look at "other options."
A September memo to the new Chief Administrative Officer, Joe Pavelka, passed on the news that "because of the change in Minister and Ministerial staff, the review of Southwestern Ontario has been delayed to January 2000."
Is the Township of Matheson angling, too?
Don Ford to fill in as campaign coordinator
Brother Ford starts work on Monday, Dec. 13 and can be reached at Carols extension: 1-800-268-7376 ext. 356 or (416) 443-8888 ext. 356.
Conference calls rescheduled
Campaign budget approved