Public concerns should be heard at meetings

A response to the idea that the RDKB may want to disallow question period or public input to the board at their meetings.

I read in the Grand Forks Gazette that the Regional District may want to disallow question period or public input to the board at their meetings.

Currently most of the meetings are held in Trail, and start at 6 p.m., which already makes it difficult for anybody from the boundary to attend meetings, never mind getting there and not being allowed to speak on your concerns.

I live in Area C, and the RDKB is my local government. Imagine if you wanted to speak to Grand Forks city council and not being allowed to speak.

Your reasoning for this change of procedure is that nobody attends a meeting could be the way the board treats presenters, the public and the press. All you are doing with not allowing speakers etc. is alienating people further.

The public expressed outrage at the provincial govt. not allowing consultation on new legislation, (eg) HST.

Is the RDKB heading in the same direction? By not allowing public, or press comments at the board meetings.

Joe Tatangelo

Christina Lake