Shape up, Pitt city

Letter writer says good communication is expected of mature government.

Editor, The News:

The recent article (Banners honour Pitt Meadows vets, The News, Oct. 31)  showcasing the new Vet Banners was marvellous. Thank you to everyone who put these banners together.

The accompanying article hit a nerve and not just with me. The drama and dogfights it produced could have been completely avoided with the level of communication one would expect from city hall with any event.

City hall must realize that good communication is expected of mature government, and someone at city hall should have been tasked with sending an e-mail to all councillors and staff, so everyone had an opportunity to attend.

We all know what is said about assuming Ms. Walters …  In fact, I am surprised there wasn’t an earlier notice in the paper for this so members of the public who would have liked to see these banners raised and vets honoured also could attend.

City hall’s new candidates (and encumbants) should show a consistant lack of:  petty politics, the blame game, exclusionism, unprofessionalism, flip-flopping on issues and statements, avoiding people who don’t agree with them, rushing major projects through council without proper public consultation and process (or once receiving same, ignoring or redacting parts as convenient).

My new city hall should be:  professional,  business-like with in-depth business experience, open with information to the public, have opinions, ideals and common sense that it stands by and should demonstrably define Pitt Meadows city hall from its neighbours in process and action.

D. Mercer

Pitt Meadows