On July 29 at 9 a.m., Penticton City Council was to have a meeting to “sign some documents” and the mayor would poll council to see if the Skaha Park issue should be re-visited. The latter was not on the agenda.
OK, nothing there for this “no” person to worry about, off to yoga. While I was away in the land of Zen an email came into my computer. “City Council had decided to have a meeting at noon to discuss revisiting the Skaha Park issue. We could have our say.”
Two hours notice.
Congratulations mayor and City Council, you blindsided us again.
I got home at 12:30 p.m., read the email and went directly to City Hall. The meeting was about to be closed as these busy people on council had other meetings. Standing in my yoga gear I did speak, I have no idea if they
listened. Staff certainly didn’t listen on July 10 when I put 18 questions to them — no answers yet.
The World War II bomber is in town. What would those boys think who fought in the war (and many died) for democracy of the total disregard of democracy at City Hall?
This is a defining issue for Penticton. It will show who we are and how we want to be perceived. It speaks loudly to what we believe in and what we hold dear. It will physically show what we want to become and what we will look like. It will show what we want to leave for our grandchildren.
Mark Aug. 4, 6 p.m., in red on your calendar. Come early to City Council Chambers, get a good seat, you may even see democracy in action.