Who’s responsible for informing residents?
Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 12:43 pm
We have seen a number of letters from residents in recent weeks providing feedback on the curbside organics recycling program in Airdrie that will come into effect in April. (See page 9).
One thing that has been common in most of the correspondence we have seen is that residents feel they were not given enough of a chance to have their say on the issue.
When approving a motion like this, council and the City are required to have a certain amount of public input before moving forward with (or voting down) a program that will add a charge of $5.26 per month to taxpayers’ waste management utility bill.
According to Jill Iverson with the City, the municipality held three open houses: two in April 2012 and one September 2013 to hear residents’ questions and concerns on the recycling program.
The City also conducted a pilot program in Canals and Waterstone from May until September of 2013.
The 2012 Citizen Satisfaction Survey included a question about the program and 57 per cent of residents said they would agree to pay $6 per month more for curbside organics recycling. The meetings were advertised on the City’s website, via social media and in the Airdrie City View newspaper.
So why is it people didn’t know about them? In this day and age, when information is available instantly, how is it people are missing out on having their say on issues that are important to them?
Does the fault lay with the City for not getting the information out effectively or is it residents’ responsibility to search out this information and inform themselves on the issues that affect them.
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