Oakville Homes

January 9, 2012

Does the taxpayer want the Velodrome or just the Mattamy lackies?


It appears that the Mayor of Milton (to some, known as Mattamy’s lackey) has decided to sweeten the pot in regards to the Velodrome and inform the public that it is more than just an elitist race track for cyclists.  He states:

“(The velodrome) is not just for cycling,” he added. “There’s room for a soccer field, basketball or badminton court. It’s one of the reasons we started looking at the facility.”

The project will include space for up to three full-sized gyms within the interior of the track.”

I guess that makes it more palatable to the taxpayer knowing there will be a bunch of other stuff there as well.  But just think how much better a sports complex it would be without the track.  More gym space with an attached soccer field.  Both of which would be used by more ordinary people (taxpayers) than a bike track.  In our area, I would think more people ride mountain and BMX bikes than true racing bikes and, better trails would be of greater use to them.  Also, those trails could be used by those who want to walk around the area.  Will the Velodrome be used by retired seniors for their morning “Mall Walk”?  Or, will the elitist bikers complain that the orthopedic runners they wear make marks on the glazed wood surface?

Further in the article: “People have been stepping up to the plate and offering landscaping services, aggregates even things like solar panels…at the end of the day if you’re to get 10 to 20 of these things, it adds up to millions in capital costs.”

Now, I can’t prove it so it is just a supposition but I am thinking Mattamy has a hand in this part of the deal.  Gilgan has promised $9 million if it gets named after him and I wonder if he got his construction cohorts to ante up some of the above mentioned goodies.  I only wish he’d had these people ante up some quality when they built mine and other people’s homes.

It is nice to see the business community putting out something to better the community but, is it really going to benefit that many people or just a select few.  I doubt if the local dad can bring his son and BMX bike to the Velodrome and go for a spin and, the gyms are probably for the use by those who race bikes, not try to lose a few pounds of Christmas cheer.  My beer belly won’t be welcome in this guy methinks.

No, I just see the Mayor of Milton bringing this up to try to justify his council signing the papers to spend some taxpayer’s money.  Money better spent on the lacking infrastructure up there (roads, etc) – infrastructure demands caused by developers like Mattamy who want the taxpayer to build items that might attract people to buy their homes.  Much like the water pipe – right Peter?

I just ask the Chairman of Halton to ensure that I as a taxpayer in Halton am not going to be asked to pony up some more money for an elitist sport. (although the money saved on the illegal sale I guess is being used 🙂  ) Hopefully, Mattamy won’t bus in a bunch of workers who, don’t really know why they are there (according to Mattamy lackey Pomeroy) and demand the Velodrome.

I wish these workers would demand “quality” and “safe housing” instead.

Maybe the voter should have a say on how our tax money is spent instead of private business pushing it through with their gifts, donations, bribes (?), whatever.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.



  1. If we go forward with the velodrome, and it’s an “if”, it’ll be without property tax money :-


    We can spend the $4sh million in development charges that we were going to spend anyway for a recreational facility, and get just that, or we can still spend the same $4sh million and get a $40 million facility. I know, I know, there is only one taxpayer (and I am against PanAm and Olympics, see my other blog posts), but other levels of government are spending money anyway, why not place yourself in the benefiting end?


    Comment by Zeeshan Hamid — January 25, 2012 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  2. […] January 9th, 2012 I did a blog titled: Does the taxpayer want the Velodrome or just the Mattamy lackies?.  The decision to continue with this project is drawing near and I understand Milton council will […]

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