By Letter to the Editor on February 16, 2017.
Our citizen group wrote the mayor and council regarding a request for a citizens assembly (you know, the council citizens assembly on wages and fulltime positions) on the question of residential curbside recycling. His response was that there would be no citizens assembly and that people would have to take it up in this fall’s election.
In reference to the last election and the environment group question to candidates in the Greensence survey found on the website Lethbridge Accountability: “will you support residential curbside recycling?”, the mayor’s response in a letter to me was that the candidates that said yes to curbside recycling got elected, the “no” were defeated.
The question citizens are asking with the November 2016 new council vote on curbside recycling, blue cart and materials resorting facility, why the flip-flop, “changed my mind” vote and the lack of a common-sense type of governance. I’m wondering if the survey question influenced how they voted. The committee is wondering why this question came back up again.
The reason for our request is that there has been no proper stakeholder public forum with the residential group, yet council allowed four workshops with the industrial, commercial and construction-demolition group, and the city-chosen committee is holding three meetings with the private contractors. We see in the finance committee session on capital spending there will be public forums to discuss how you want to spend your money. Probably the allied arts survey will ask the question to the candidates, “Will you support the $75-million performing arts centre?”
Citizens, you must speak out; you must have costs regarding curbside recycling, and the opt-out provision. Why would you pay $20-$30 for a blue cart when you can use the new $5-million recycle depots for nothing? There’s no common sense.
Spokesperson for Committee for Government Affairs
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