'Stop spending' petition received by administration
Auditing must be done in 30 days following public presentation
Public supporters of the ‘stop spending’ petition to appeal the proposed directional signage project saw their efforts received by administration at the regular council meeting March 27.
Lance and Linda Plewis officially presented the petition, which garnered 530 signatures in eight days while on display at public events and other locales.
“It started with the look of the signage,” said Linda Plewis while presenting the petition to council, before going on to say that the petition now reflected the concerns of the community with the town’s “out of control” spending and policies.
In addition to appealing the directional signage, a $24,000 three-year phased project, Linda and Lance also spoke about wanting the council to form a committee of council members, historical society members and residents for evaluating such projects.
Other topics voiced to council in regards to the ‘stop spending’ title of the petition were the concerns surrounding the current Shantz Crossing project and the lack of land sold, a strong suggestion to sell the old high school land, concerns about overstaffing, for the town to stop going to Japan on the Miki Town exchange (or to personally raise the funds themselves to go), for town to spend on existing infrastructure, and an overall lack of communication between the community and town office.
“We are not the enemy. I respect the commitment and sacrifices councillors have made,” said Lance Plewis. “People asked (while petitioning) ‘why bother, why fight?’ I believe that Didsbury is worth fighting for. It is one of the most beautiful towns in this county.”
Lance Plewis added that 17 businesses that had operated out of the Didsbury downtown core had either left or failed in the past few years, in reflection of the current state of affairs in the community.
“I don’t believe this is the best we can do, and I think we can do better,” said Lance.
The petition was received by Chief Administrative Officer Roy Brown, and must be audited in 30 days.
Now that the petition has been received by administration, further discussion and information on it is closed, and the petition cannot be rescinded.
“This holds us, as council, responsible that the process is followed. We cannot entertain any more information and discussion on the petition (now that it has been received),” said Coun. Lavar Adams.
April 24 is the target date for the petition’s completed verification.