Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor... Plenty of notice given for median meeting
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 25 Aug 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, Re: Editorials "`Silent majority' too quiet" (July 14) and "Ambitious plan in hands of public" (July 2). Many of us can sympathize when council decisions seem to be taken with insufficient public consultation. However, we all have a responsibility to be aware of upcoming events that will affect us, and in the case of the downtown median reconstruction plan the Town placed more than one newspaper notification and held several meetings. The public meeting in the Gallery at the library was well attended. While we will not all agree with council's decision regarding the median there was ample pre-notification of the meeting to allow those interested to make plans to attend and to provide the several councillors there with input. All Ward 3 councillors, and the mayor, were there. Perhaps the notices placed by the Town to announce public meetings could be clearer-- they seem to use the same format whether tendering for a new snow plow or announcing a public meeting-- but generally they do give adequate advance notice. Our responsibility as citizens to be informed will be even more important during the next term of council. The new council will have the responsibility of developing local plans to deal with the requirements of the provincial government Places to Grow legislation. Places To Grow will impose population growth upon Halton, and the plans our next council put together to deal with the Halton Hills portion of that growth will affect life in Halton Hills for decades. Town council and staff have a responsibility to create and publicize a process of public participation, and we, as residents, have a responsibility to keep aware of, and become involved in, the planning process if we are to maintain the unique nature of our community David Adair, Georgetown

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Letters to the editor... Plenty of notice given for median meeting