Council needs to be questioned on every move

Dear Editor:

The following notice was attached to the bulletin board at City Hall notifying the public of a closed meeting held March 1, 2106 at 8 a.m.

Item 2 read as follows: “The Closed meeting of the Waterfront Revitalization Sub-Committee is closed pursuant to the provisions of the Community Charter section 90 as follows:

(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;”

The meeting was closed to the public because the interests of the municipality might be harmed.

How interesting given the mayor and council’s history of secrecy and pushing questionable projects forward with out informing the public until after the fact.

Could it be that some back door deal similar to the Shaka  Park development was taking place?

If the discussion was about the SS Sicamous, they probably discussed the seven- to 10-slip boat dock, the unloading ramp around the bow of the boat, or the possible development of a restaurant on the groyne’s end. Along with the Skaha development, this too should go to referendum for voter approval.

Why all the secrecy Mr. Mayor, and why are concerned citizens like Dr. Gerry Karr and Bruce Millington excluded? Is there fear that they may share with the public hidden agendas; like the hockey dorm going forward without permits, or expose questionable spending of $20,000  to hire a “communications officer” for the Martin Street redevelopment or, more recently, the deal with Trio?

Due to a lack of trust, confidence and credibility in our mayor and council, there is a steadily growing community effort to research and question every move.

C. Otto Knaak

Penticton