Council is going into retreat tomorrow. Hope this alert isn’t too late for some of our readers to join them, although it is doubtful you will be able to contribute any comment on the Councillors’ deliberations on “Vision, Goals and Objectives” for their term of office, i.e. 2008 -20012 , but who knows — miracles do happen. It’s an all day thing at the Irving Centre from 9 am to 4:15 and is open to the public. Why not go for an hour or two just to keep an eye on them if nothing else.
David Daniels has asked that public voices be heard and has also sent these comments to Council.
The Council needs to establish a precise policy for its relationship with Acadia University. At the last Committee of Council meeting I attended, the Council seemed poised to give AU $15,000.00 for the new track and field as a show of “good faith” without a show a “good faith” on the part of AU. This is only one example of the unsure relationship the Town seems to have with the university. There are obviously great benefits to having the university in Town. But there are also great costs. Would the Town require 24/7 RCMP police force of the current size without the university. As a result of the university students and retired people live in the town, but what about young families (however defined).
The Town needs to provide particular steps to further open up government to the public. The new MPS invokes “citizen engagement” in its vision statement and principle #7 of the Melbourne Principles states “Empower people and foster participation”. If these ideas are to be more than than nice slogans the Council should think of ways to make them reality. For example, there is a movement called participatory budgeting.
Under the last Goals and Objectives was the following: “Limit property tax income growth to no greater than real growth from assessment due to new construction.” Was this goal reached? and if not, why not? And should it continue to be an objective?