City did due diligence with organics recycling
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 06:00 am
We continue to be baffled by the fact that residents are approaching City staff and council saying that they were not informed about the organics recycling program before it was implemented. (See story on page 4.)
As we have mentioned in a previous column, “Who’s responsible for informing residents?” Jan. 16, the City hosted three open houses and a five-month pilot program in two local communities as well as including questions about organics recycling in the 2012 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.
The story was reported on extensively in Airdrie media and each of the open houses and public hearings were advertised on the City of Airdrie website and in the Airdrie City View.
We understand that everyone is busy and it is easy to miss issues like this between work, taking the kids to extracurricular activities, making dinner and the many other tasks residents have on their to do list every day.
However, it is your responsibility to be informed on these issues and if you are not, there is no one to blame but yourself. To come before council and say the City has had a “lack of communication” on the subject is ignorant.
It is the residents’ responsibility to stay informed on local issues that affect them and to give their input when it can be put to use, not after the decision has been made based on years of detailed planning by City staff.