Back in mid May, city workers were getting the new park ready for the public. One of the things that was done was open up the newly installed taps and let the water flow. Let it flow to clean out the pipes? Whatever the reason, water poured onto the ground for quite a while. As you can see from the above photo, the result of this tap being opened and allowed to pour water onto the ground for an extended period of time was scouring and erosion of the ground. There was no grass at that time to control the erosion. Just dirt.
As you can see, that dirt pile which was created back in mid May remains untouched to this very day. Nobody bothered to clean it up. Nobody felt it necessary to clean up a pile of dirt located on Pier 3 of Thunder Bay’s brand spanking new, $70 million plus tourist destination, flagship waterfront development. The pile of dirt located adjacent to one half of the million dollar public art piece was allowed to remain the entire season.
What does that say about the people that are running this city? What does it say about the people we are paying to take care of the infrastructure our hard earned taxes pay to build?
This pile of dirt is just another example of how City Administration ignore simple maintenance of the city’s infrastructure. The Botanical Conservatory, the Trowbridge Falls bridge. the Whalen building, the Marina Park pedestrian overpass, the roller coaster at Chippewa park, the Waverley Park bandshell and our streets and sidewalks. I’m sure there are dozens more examples. Public owned infrastructure allowed to rust and rot away until it needs replacing.
If the City’s policy is to build. ignore, demolish and then replace, then why do we need the highly paid staff at City Hall at all? They do not build. They do not demolish. All they do is ignore and ignorance comes cheap. At least everywhere except in Thunder Bay City Hall. Ignorance is well rewarded there. At taxpayers expense of course.