Ward 7 residents ask questions of their community

By Jeff Labine
February 16, 2017 - 6:38am Updated: February 16, 2017 - 9:40am

While Ward 7 residents brought a variety of issues to their neighbourhood planning meeting Wednesday night, they seemed to agree it was an inconvenience missing the Raiders game.

The meeting, held at the East Hill Community Club, offered residents a chance to meet department heads face-to-face. Similar meetings were held in other wards, but this time the spotlight was put on Coun. Dennis Nowoselsky’s part of the city.

Plenty of residents had questions they wanted answers to Kyle Bender inquired about food security and poverty.

“They are just important to me on a personal level,” he said. “It was the way I was raised to be concerned about the health of the community. Individuals are only as healthy as their neighbours are.”

He added he also wanted to take a more active role in the community.

Being more active in the community was also why Brenda Fitzpatrick attended the meeting. She wanted to learn more about city issues and issues that could impact her ward.

She said one concern she wanted resolved was flooding happening in neighbourhood back lanes.

“Our back lane floods every year in the spring when the snow melts,” she said. “The way the back ally is graded, it dips in the centre and it is scooped on one side so it isn’t level and the water runs down on our side of the street.”

Jen Miller arrived at the meeting with a lot of concerns including crime, safety, snow clearing and garbage pick.

“Increase in taxes every year is a huge concern,” she said. “There’s issues everywhere. I’ve lived here many years and not a lot has changed with respect to a lot of these issues, especially crime, security and safety.”

Following the meeting, Nowoselsky said he was pleased with the number of people who attended the meeting but wished more had come. He noted he received a few calls from residents who complained the meeting was held the same time as a Raiders game.

Nowoselsky added unfortunately, sometimes change takes time.

“Why I love municipal politics is you deal with local issues that affect people locally and, hopefully, a lot of times get results quicker. Sometimes you can’t,” he said. “Part of our role as elected officials is to challenge higher levels of government to improve services or reinstate them.”


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