Summerland council listened to the public

Council held three public hearings to hear citizens’ opinions of the Urban Growth Proposal.

Dear Editor:

With Coun. Peter Waterman announcing his candidacy for the position of Summerland’s mayor, interest in and discussion of local politics will increase as the forthcoming municipal election nears.

I hope, naively perhaps, that candidates will avoid generalities, unless their claims  are credible after close examination.

For example, Waterman stated, in a news release, “ I felt that a lot of residents feel they weren’t heard.”

Really? Council held three public hearings to hear citizens’ opinions of the Urban Growth Proposal.

At the first hearing, the arena banquet room was too small to accommodate everyone, so the next two were held in the Summerland Secondary School gymnasium.

Council was there to hear opinions from the public.

At the second meeting people were invited to submit written questions. I  expect answers were provided at the third meeting.

Meetings were crowded, many people spoke, and the first two meetings lasted until late evening.

When the process was finished, it was obvious that a large majority objected to items in the proposal.

Council had done what it could to hear everyone who wanted to speak. And yet, Waterman apparently wasn’t satisfied. He “felt that a lot of residents feel they weren’t heard.”

Would we have gained anything from hearing the same sorts of objections from more people?

Again, he stated, “…it (presumably council), has been uninterested in listening to the people.”

What a provocative assessment of council’s efforts.

Maybe Waterman  is confusing “listening” with “agreement.”

Let’s hope  we can still listen, yet disagree on civic policy.

Finally he stated, “we have to make valuable connections within our community which will allow us to expand our arts and retail sector and make sure it moves ahead.”

If he, or others who may become candidates, have schemes, or proposals for “expanding our retail sector and making sure it moves ahead,” why haven’t we heard about them in the last few years?

David McIntosh

Summerland

 

Just Posted

From fire to awards: wild week for Similkameen winery

Roller coaster of a week for the owners at Forbidden Fruit Winery in Cawston

Summerland team wins Women’s A title at Greenwood Cup

Carol Rosenthall and Dawn Richards were winners at the 48th annual tournament

Unexpected snow on Okanagan Connector, Pennask Summit

As of 6:50 a.m. DriveBC cameras displayed surprise snowfall on highway

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: chance of rain

Environment Canada is calling for a risk of thunderstorms tonight

MPs hear retired Penticton nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

VIDEO: Weekday weather update for the Okanagan Valley

Snow is expected on the Okanagan connector and thunderstorms across the Valley

Okanagan smash-and-grab nets electric bike

Rock thrown through front door of Southward Medical Supplies, bike grabbed from near door

Home care for B.C.’s elderly is too expensive and falls short: watchdog

Report says seniors must pay $8,800 a year for daily visits under provincial home support program

B.C. ‘struggling’ to meet needs of vulnerable youth in contracted care: auditor

Auditor general says youth in contracted residential services may not be getting support they need

Funds needed for special diving team to find missing Okanagan kayaker

Zygmunt Janiewicz was last seen on Okanagan Lake May 17

In 2019, 21 fires in Vernon to Penticton zone have been human caused, some linked to cigarette butts

Lake Country councillors want stricter regulations, more signage on public smoking

Okanagan school digs up $2,500 recycling prize

Kalamalka Secondary students recognized for establishing a new culture of recycling

Billboard posted along B.C.’s Highway of Tears to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women

Billboards featuring Indigenous artwork to be placed in Surrey, Kamloops and near Prince George

Spikeball tournament sets up for Okanagan summer

The tournament for the four-player beach game comes July 13 in Kelowna

Most Read