Flaps down on Mirabel Centre landing in Chelsea, Quebec

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by admin on August 4, 2010

The Editor,

The lack of reader reaction to last week’s story in the Low Down (July 28 edition) about the municipality in Chelsea, Quebec arbitrarily dropping the arena and going with a gym and conference centre amazed me.

Maybe it’s because it’s summer time and many people are away on holidays. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I may just wonder if that had something to do with the timing of the announcement, but I digress!

I am not going to go off in all directions like a whirling dervish, but I would just like someone from the municipality to explain the logic in cutting the one part of the Meredith Centre project that may have made money and going with a conference/meeting facility and a gym, instead.

Who gave the mayor and council the moral authority to spend my tax dollars on a centre that would ultimately take away business from established ones in Chelsea. The fitness centre is paying rent somewhere now, Le Nordik offers conference facilities, Chelsea Pub offers a bar and we have meeting space for community groups. What’s in the next phase – a grocery store, an ice cream parlor and a wedding chapel?

Even if the province doesn’t require a referendum, if Madame Mayor and Chelsea council really (no, I mean really) wanted to know what people thought, they would put the question out there.

Maybe it’s time to get real and move on to projects that will improve the quality of life for a majority of residents. If not, might as well rename the building Chelsea’s Mirabel Centre.

Jeanne Gallagher

Chelsea, Quebec