This was another case of Staff completely missing the mark!
There was a request from an east end Councillor to connect the Hunt Club Road to the 417 so that Orleans residents could have better access to the airport. Unfortunately, the word 'direct' was used instead of 'better'. Staff when off and commissioned the EA for a direct
connection from the Hunt Club Road to Orleans. Compound this with the Councillors' refusal to actually READ things before they approve them and then we get an EA for the two phases; first to the 417, and then to Innes. (The only reason it went to Innes, if I recall, is because Staff couldn't get a more direct route through the Mer Bleue.)
So the EA comes back to the Councillors and they are up in arms: Many wanted to NOT recieve it, but Staff told the Councillors that to not recieve it and just have an EA for the connection to the 417 would mean that an entirely new EA would be needed. Wasting more money and time. In the end, the leagal opinion was that the complete EA should be recieved, but the entire project didn't need to ever get completed. It was suggested that after Phase 1 was completed, money would never be found for Phase 2.
However, that is the wish of the current
Council. Once an EA in in place, regardless of how silly it is, Staff seem to keep bringing it forward. I am sick and tired of hearing Staff say "As previously approved by Council." Instead, I would have liked it better if the EA had not been recieved and the people responsible fired. There should have been NO WAY such an idea should have had an EA done. Staff should have seen immediately that it was not a good idea to parallel the 417 and gone back to Council to clarify things. That is all it would have taken. People were incompetent and they should not be working for the City. (I'm in a great mood tonight.