What Windsor Council is doing with diving clubs is reminiscent of those who do the same thing over and over, but expect different results. All the results have been dreadful and costly to taxpayers, and nothing else. However, Council foolishly continues to hope the next round of spending will put the city on the world map.
It never happens.
Because of that, interim mayor Drew Dilkens, presented by Eddie Francis, has to find a new excuse for each caper. The latest proves he knows nothing about economic development.
Dilkens cast a tiebreaking vote at Council’s February 22 meeting, approving to waive three years of pool rental fees, to an upset limit of $75,000, for a new diving club. He claimed, as the Windsor Star reported, it was somehow a case of providing a, “… clear economic development case.”
Apparently, because the pool is losing money, and the diving boards mostly sit empty, except for when FINA comes to town, this move will increase their use.
It is junk economics at best.
Dilkens, has been on the job for 29 months. Because he has done nothing on economic development, the diving club, with its one job, is important only to bring his job creation numbers up to … well … one.
Now Dilkens can brag, with some authority, about creating a job. He is slowly catching up to Stephen MacKenzie, although the new head of the region’s economic development office’s results are anemic; MacKenzie has found five jobs, after seven months in office.
The fact that taxpayer money, in fee waiving, is needed for the diving club seems to suggest it is not financially sustainable. Thus, it is clearly not economic development.
One of the problems with Windsor Council is its random acts of kindness of giving some groups money, but not others.
It might seem it has a preference for those wearing just the right and fashionable Beco Beermann’s. But that is not exactly the case. The councillors denied an apparently equally-cash-needy swimming organization a break on its pool rental rates.
This should have been instructive to the councillors. They should have caught on to the trend.
Swimming and diving clubs can’t afford to pay their own way and taxpayers should not be their sugar daddies.
The councillors should have sent both clubs away with instructions to try a Go Fund Me campaign. If the clubs can’t get enough money from fundraising among their supporters, the message is clear.
They are not viable.
Supporting clubs who unable to finance themselves is not economic development. It is just throwing money away.