I believe with everything that has transpired, especially in the last couple of months or so, that a meeting of the minds, so to speak, needs to take place between members of council and the general public here in the Pass, by way of a forum open to all.
A Town Hall Meeting should take place immediately to address citizen concerns which has culminated recently with a 2500 strong petition to Edmonton seeking provincial intervention in how our community is being run.
This meeting should focus strictly on the list of concerns as presented to council by the Crowsnest Ratepayers Association in a private meeting (closed to the public) that took place last October, which have yet to be addressed in an open debate to the public.
Council cannot continue hiding from the people and ducking their responsibilities. They need to address this problem head-on by facing the people one-on-one, so to speak, in an open debate on the issues, concerns and grievances we the people have. Only then can this community move forward.
UPDATE: 11:04 a.m.
Just sent an email to Mayor, Councillors, CAO Myron Thompson and individual members of the Ratepayers Association, including their president Bill Kovach, requesting an immediate Town Hall Meeting.
... It is my hope that an airing of grievances and concerns can take place resulting in a better understanding of our differences, so that with this information and knowledge, we may collectively move this community forward, afterwards.
UPDATE: 1:50 p.m.
Just got an email response back from Myron, saying in part...
The Municipality will not be holding a public meeting until the latter part of January. This timing has been chosen because of a number of issues that we are dealing with including budget and also because a January timeframe will coincide with a number of anticipated activities and announcements that are planned for that time.
My reply to Myron, in part...
Despite the Mayor at our last Town Hall Meeting saying he wanted to have these types of meetings in the future every three or months and with everything that has transpired since that meeting in June we must wait until next year, in January, in order to deal with our concerns and have our voices heard and addressed.
I suspect this meeting in January, if not postponed until February or March or ? will be more about other matters than about what 2500 pissed off residents and untold others in the community here are concerned about, with respect to the direction this Mayor and council are taking us.
With 'control of the narrative' and agenda (limited discussion on past events, I bet, and more on the pie-in-the-sky future), and with Peace Officers/RCMP at the ready, I'm sure we'll all be suitably impressed with the Mayor's grandiose announcements that soon afterwards we'll all forget our petty grievances and childish outbursts of late. Ya, right!
"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.