The city has decided to spend $1,500 on establishing a cultural database for Timmins, a move that is being questioned by one councillor. Noella Rinaldo says that funding was approved after the city voted against spending $15,000 on a consultant to create a cultural marketing strategy. Rinaldo says that’s counter productive, and there isn’t a clear plan on where that money will go. She says someone has to be the lead to do all of the research, find the contacts, and keep the list updated.

Rinaldo says that $1,500 may go to the museum, but that won’t even pay for a summer student. She says if there is nobody responsible for keeping this database maintained, it’s useless the minute it becomes obsolete.

Budget talks continue at city hall tonight, however what is on the docket is unknown as no agenda has been released yet.