City council to meet at BSS

Parksville students to get a live demonstration of how municipal politics works

Parksville will hold a special “town hall style” council meeting on May 23 at Ballenas Secondary School as part of it’s ongoing effort to engage the community.

This slightly different format is one way council can engage citizens in local government as part of their strategic planning goal “to manage information and decision making processes to be inclusive, transparent, accountable and responsive.”

Council has held several meetings at Knox United Church, Craig Bay and Ballenas in the past few years and provide a less formal opportunity for residents to discuss the topics on the agenda.

“Council looks forward to hosting this town hall style council meeting and we hope residents will be keen to participate in this more interactive and conversational council meeting,” said mayor Chris Burger in a news release.

He said they are holding it at the high school Local Government Awareness Week (May 20-26) in the hope that it will bring out more people and “We hope … our youth will be curious and decide to engage as well,” Burger added.

The goal for the week is to generate awareness and educate the public about the roles and responsibilities of local government and encourage public to participation.

As usual, the agenda will be posted on the city website (www.parksville.ca) late the week before.

The meeting is open to all residents at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 23 in the Ballenas Whalebone Theatre at 135 North Pym Road.