Opinions of residents should be considered by council
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 06:00 am
I would like to address comments made by Turner Valley Councillor Barry Williamson in the recent article, “Council questions RV resort project” from the April 9 issue of the Western Wheel.
Williamson stated that “the public was quite vocal and in some cases volatile while expressing their concerns”.
He continues to say, “They needed to give administration and council fair due process and allow us to follow it without reacting the way they did. It would have been nice if the public let us get there rather than reacting the way they did.”
Mr. Williamson has been a long-time councillor in Turner Valley and should know better than to make such a statement. In a time where rapidly declining numbers of people are turning out to vote I am thrilled to see a group of concerned citizens questioning council’s reasons and motives for considering this particular project.
Local government should be encouraging citizens to become engaged in the growth of the town, they should be listening to opinions that affect the residents and acting on those opinions in a way that is best for the town. These opinions should be welcomed. To even suggest that the citizens of a town simply sit back and trust that council will act in their best interests in ludicrous.
Those people who put so much hard work and effort into finally getting their opinions heard by council deserve a tremendous amount of credit. Mr. Williamson’s criticism reveals a council that has clearly lost sight that their role in Turner Valley is supposed to be a cooperative one.