Did Coun. JonathanGalgay really say, “They (councillors) are there to shape policy”? (“City breaking its own heritage rules,” The Telegram July 30.)
An interesting choice of words — “shape” rather than “make” — and an interesting suggestion that this shaping should take place incident by incident in council.
The inference is that policies, or in this case guidelines, are moving targets which are made one day and twisted round in subsequent days.
As an owner of a downtown rental property who has gone through the expense — and irritation (inspections, special ordering of windows, and final approval added at least six weeks to the renovation) — of respecting the heritage guidelines, I find his remarks ill-considered.
A number of St. John’s heritage properties are in Galgay’s ward.
One hopes that he is expending as much energy on the preservation of heritage buildings, such as the 1840s Richmond Cottage (Shaw Street) which is being allowed to fall to pieces, as he has expended in addressing the concerns of one landlord.