Group watching council’s moves

Dear Editor:

I was somewhat concerned when I received the “press release” that was issued by our new City Communication Officer Friday, Oct. 7 at 4:46 p.m. after City Hall was closed.

This was our Thanksgiving long weekend, when many seniors share this valuable time with their siblings and grandchildren, away from Penticton, and as retired people most likely stay a few extra days.

I believe this was another set-up by the City to receive an incomplete engagement with residents on the subject of “infrastructure challenge,” that is far too complicated for the average Penticton resident to fully understand in a few days.

He omitted from this “press release” the seniors’ meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at their drop-in centre on South Main Street.

Looks like nothing has changed at the City with new people.

I missed attending the seniors’ meetings because I did not know about it — and that is accountable people in City Hall? No one can expect to receive “engagement” on this important issue in a few days and then have our new “engagement” person report to council three days after the completion of these four meetings. That is why only about 100 residents showed up at these three meetings I attended.

Too early, too fast and wrong timing, but what else is new?

Many of us that are keeping a close eye on the City of Penticton staff, mayor and council, believe this is just a smokescreen to cover up their mistakes on the other important City issues that we have been trying to get answers on since this mayor and council took office in November 2014.

However, there are other ways to make them accountable on all our important City issues and we are here as a group for the long run.

Nelson Meikle

Penticton