Communication important

A Greenwood resident puts pen to paper about the recent all candidates forum.

The all candidates meeting was interesting to say the least.

My biggest concern was that for the most part the public was there to hear something and was told nothing. Only four people of about 100 asked any questions.

I caught one ladies comment as she was leaving the meeting: “This was a (explicit) waste of time.” To that poor lady I suggest if you did have a question and did not ask it perhaps you indeed wasted your own time!

We did hear very clearly about how many committees they have all been on and how they have worked so hard on these committees. I quietly asked myself, isn’t that what they are supposed to do?

The fence for example is part of our cemetery trust fund and the RD renewal project. What did they do to make a difference?

They have overspent the legal budget by well over $10,000. We have two months left in our fiscal year. We have to balance. We still have two more months of legal spending.

Rumour has it they are in some kind of talks to market our water. I wonder, will that announcement be made just before election day? Great strategy guys.

I heard too, many grumblings about the lack of communication and transparency. Seems this was a lot to do with the last election platform as well.

We need a council that will engage the public and encourage their participation with issues, not hide them behind in-camera meetings. I say to all council in fairness: you are five people with five ideas. There are 500 plus people in Greenwood with ideas and opinions embracing them could serve to build a more productive city and create a better spirit of cooperation.

Byron Goch, Greenwood

 

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