Taking it to the people

Town hall meetings have proven to be popular in Parksville

Parksville council will hold another “town hall style” meeting Oct. 21 at the McMillan Arts Centre as part of their ongoing community engagement efforts.

Looking to hold another meeting away from the regular council forum in the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre (city hall) the staff report points out they are better waiting till the fall when more people are likely available to attend.

The meeting will be held an hour later than usual, starting at 7 p.m. and mayor Chris Burger suggested council start thinking about specific topics of more community interest they might like to see on that agenda.

The format will follow that of similar well attended meetings held in various locations in the community over the last several years including Knox United Church, Craig Bay and Ballenas Secondary, which Burger said “was an extremely positive experience for council because so many residents were passionate about the issues under discussion.”

A town hall portion will include brief staff presentations on topics determined for the meeting, followed by a question-and-answer session for residents to voice concerns.

The agenda will be available at city hall and on www.parksville.bc.ca by the preceding Friday, Oct. 18.