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COLLINGWOOD, THE PLACE TO PAY !

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MPMP is a performance measurement and reporting system that promotes local government transparency and accountability. It also provides municipalities with useful data to make informed municipal service level decisions while optimizing available resources.

We’ve been provided with some very interesting information with regards to Collingwood’s performance against its peers based on the 2011 survey results.  While we constantly here about the costs to operate programs and facilities in Collingwood, the measure of efficiency is the true indicator of how we are doing with what we have.

Keep in mind this is BEFORE the new library and Central Park arena projects, which will decrease performance numbers even further with regards to efficiency.

Category                                    Cost per person             Median                  Difference 

 

Indoor Recreation Facilities          75.36                        52.60                        22.76 more

Parks, Programs, Facilities           253.79                       100.46                     153.33 more

Library Services                            68.48                          35.79                         32.69 more

Library Service per use                  2.96                           1.19                         1.77 more

 

Additionally

 

Library Uses per person                                23                      30                   7 less

Indoor Recreational Sq ft (per 1000)          2931                   4884               1953

 

SUMMARY

  • We pay almost $23 more per person for 40 % less indoor recreational space…YET WE BUILD ANOTHER ONE ANYWAYS
  • We pay well more than double for our parks, programs and facilities than average
  • We pay almost double for library services than average comparable town, we pay more than double for our per visit costs to the library and we have 40% less use of the library…the old library…YET WE BUILT A NEW ONE ANYWAYS !

This information is shockingly embarrassing for the Parks and Recreation Dept and Library people at the town level.  Both programs are completely inefficient compared to similar communities in Ontario and yet projects like the new library and Central arena are pushed ahead with no consideration for how well they are being operated.

COLLINGWOOD MINOR HOCKEY IN DISARRAY

We’ve commented a few times about what we thought were some issues within the CMHA, and its seems we were correct.  It’s been brought to our attention that President Chris Potts and fellow board member Gary Lisi have quit CMHA.  Several board member had quit earlier in the year.

We have received many emails with what seems several ongoing issues within the CMHA that may have caused these resignations. Read more of this post

WASAGA REC PLANS MOVE FORWARD, NO REPLIES FROM COLLINGWOOD

Peter Dunbar who is leading the Wasaga Beach strategic plan for recreational services was on the Chats program this morning giving an update.  They seem to be moving strongly forward in getting public and department input into the future needs of the town.

Their survey response is at almost 3% and they continue to have public open house Read more of this post

CMHA BOARD MEETINGS NOT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

We posted last week that Past President of the Collingwood Minor Hockey Association Anthony Griffiths had commented on the possible uses of the associations ‘building fund’ in the Central Park redevelopment project.  That raised the question to us of whether the members of the association were aware 1) that  a portion of their registration fees, fundraising, gate fees, etc…. were going to fund town projects and 2) what discretion there is in uses of the fund and by who.

Current President of the CMHA Chris Potts replied to us after several requests that he would not release any meeting minutes to us. Read more of this post

COLLINGWOOD MINOR HOCKEY FUNDING NEW REC CENTER ?

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It went generally unnoticed when Past President of CMHA Anthony Griffeths threw out the comment that the association has an ongoing building fund put aside to assist in the building of a new recreation center.

It comes as a suprise to us that the membership would have passed a motion to do this, considering the past situation with the Fischer Field project and the rapidly increasing costs of minor hockey where team fundraising and registration fees are at an all time high.

We’ve requested the minutes of the AGM where this motion was passed to review the details…..stay tuned.

CENTRAL PARK REC CTR SURVEY RESULTS

Finally the Town of Collingwood has released its survey results with regards to the Central Park redevelopment project.  As we detailed in our previous post, the steering committee for the project was tasked with getting the public’s input. 

With a whopping 219 responses, 177 from Collingwood….that’s .08% of the population for all you nay sayers that think the committee isn’t getting a real feel for the community wishes.

Here’s what they found and our comments….

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CMHA PRES ON ROGERS TONIGHT

Collingwood Minor Hockey Association President Chris Potts will be on Penny Skelton Live tonight at 9pm, Rogers Cable TV.

We’ve received a lot of emails since launching last week on the state of minor hockey in Collingwood, and while it’s never an easy job running things in hockey…this year seems especially bad based on the complaints we’ve seen compared to Stayner and Wasaga Beach.  A Board with little hockey experience and lots of quitting members seems to be at the crux of the problems.

Tune in tonight, Tues 9pm.

The Backseat Driver

TRYOUT SEASON IS HERE

Tuesday  is an important day for parents and kids alike ….. back to school !  It’s also time for tryouts again…..

Collingwood Minor Hockey tryouts start Tuesday, as well as most centers.  Check the links on the left side of the page for your centers schedule.

Also local schools like CCI and SCI will be starting their football and other programs.  If you haven’t checked out their sports programs, check

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