The saga of the All-Norfolk Hub in Simcoe ended with a debate at Governor Simcoe Square over ethics on Sept. 15.
At issue was whether Norfolk council should follow through on its commitment to cash in $4 million worth of real estate it acquired last year for the $50-million proposal, or whether the county should maximize its payback to the taxpayer now that Norfolk has two appraisals saying the 32.5 acres in question are worth double the purchase price.
In the end, it wasn’t close. With Mayor Kristal Chopp and Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor casting the lone dissenting votes, council opted to cash in its chips.
“It’s no secret that constituents in west Norfolk have not been big fans of the hub,” Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele said. “For the past 14 months of being constantly asked about it, I’ve said the money is coming right back if not approved. It’s an approach that everyone well understood.
“In any event, the hub is over. The mayor and staff did a good job of getting us to this point. We haven’t lost anything to this point but time. I don’t think we want to break even at the blackjack table just to move on to the roulette table. This is a promise we need to keep.”