Happy Trails To You, Kathi Lee
And what does our major paper show as headlines to our Mayor's State of the City speech: "Parks to replace rails" (Tuesday), "City turns to Roots for swag" (Wednesday) and Henderson's column "Liability to asset" (Thurday).
Within these stories, we see why we have problems getting anything done quickly in this City. It started with Roots, in the summer of 2004. In November, "Francis will seek council approval Monday to pursue a licensing and merchandising agreement between the city and Roots that would see Roots products with City of Windsor logos...Francis contacted Roots in August and since then, the company has produced a couple of prototypes and examples of Windsor-styled logos for a range of its products from sweatshirts to t-shirts and hats."
It started in August 2004 for heaven's sake. Is there no sense of urgency whatsoever in this city? [See BLOG April 12, 2006, "An Icy Relationship" that shows you there isn't] Well we missed the Super Bowl on that deal too, just like with the Bus Terminal.
Imagine how much money could have been pulled in over that week-end with Windsor items on sale!
However, "the process accelerated over the last six months," said Bill Baker, policy adviser to Francis." Of course it did! It's re-election time. We had to get that checkmark on the Report Card filled in. But isn't this typical of the record of Eddie---it takes forever to get anything done, eventhe simplest of things. I guess being poster boy for Budweiser made him see the value of getting into a big clothing deal next. He's our own Kathi Lee now!
And then our new greenways... again so typical of our Mayor. Plans and Grandiose visions dancing in our heads. Breathtaking numbers. "55 kilometres of rail lines ...into a system of trails...It will run through all five wards, connecting neighbourhoods to one another, creating green space and recreational paths, converting brownfields and scrap yards -- all the way to the riverfront." I wonder if Mike Hurst, the DRTP CEO has called Eddie yet seeking to sell his corridor for a few hundred million dollars.
Then the reality----another election gimmick: "Technical studies are complete or nearing completion and it's time to consult the community and begin making plans...Francis, who has set a two-term limit on himself, said he obviously won't be in office to see this vision of a vastly more inviting Windsor completed "but we've got to get it started."
So to Roy Rogers & Dale Evans and Mayor Francis:
Happy trails to you until we meet again.
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.