Public input resumes

The public will once again be able to have its say at Lake Country council meetings.

And local politicians will as well, at least until closer to the 2014 municipal elections.

Lake Country council decided to reinstate public and councilor comment portions of its regular council meetings at its May 20 council meeting.

The regular public time allotment as well as the time each municipal councilor can say something that is not related to the agenda, had been suspended during election years at Lake Country council after one too many people used the time as an election pulpit.

But the current Lake Country council decided not allowing public comment for the entire year was stifling the public’s ability to approach council and bring up topics that are on their mind.

At each regular Lake County council meeting, members of the public are invited to an open mic at the start of the meeting and are able to speak on any topic.

At the end of the meetings, each councilor can also speak, usually passing on information on meetings, festivals or pertinent meetings they have attended.

But in election years those times have been shut down in the past and so far in 2014.

But council decided to reinstate the public and councilor times until the end of September when the public comment time will once again be shut down.

The reasoning behind limiting council and public open discussion is to limit people’s ability to use the council meeting as a platform for the municipal elections.

This year, voters will go to the polls in a general municipal election in B.C. Nov. 15.


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