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HALLELUJAH! Hemo sculpture setting new records.

I will never forget watching the Council meeting when the Council’s original contribution for a new scupture at the Hemoc Gorge was set at $270,000. It was a classical Come-to-Jesus Meeting where, one by one, councillors joined the rising chorus of Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

You can get a sense of how it went by watching Pentatonix singing Hallelujah at

But I don’t recall too many Hallelujahs when Council raised its approved contribution from $270,000 to $388,000 in March 2019. It was a 43.7% increase. There was a dawning realization that something was wrong with Council’s decision making, its proflicacy on vanity projects and the quality of its project management.

In December 2017 the total cost of the project was raised to $500,000. The latest estimate is $743,029. That is a 48.6% increase.

But wait, there’s more. When asked if the delays would further increase costs, a senior official has explained that “Elected members would need to consider and make final decisions about any variation to council’s contribution.”

Decoded that means that, unless a fistful of dollars comes out of someone else’s pocket, elected representatives will have to face the odium of rubber stamping the difference coming from ratepayers’ pockets. The difference between the original $270,000 approved and $743,029 will be a 175% increase.

You can bet on three things. The final cost will be more than $743,029. Current elected reptresentatives will be expected to rubber stamp payment and most will. The Choirmaster will whip the Council into joining the chorus.

So, ravaged ratepayers, either join RDRR’s resistance or learn the words and sing along:

I’d heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well, it goes like this
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to the kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips, she drew the Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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Reynold Macpherson