Sometimes things aren’t worth fighting over or spending a lot of time on.
That way we can save our energy and resources for the things that really matter more.
This week, the executive committee of city council spent a lot of time debating the issue of a fence that is in violation of the city’s boulevard bylaw, creating a site triangle issue — meaning it could be difficult for people to see oncoming traffic or pedestrians when coming out of the back alley onto 10th Avenue Northwest at the corner of Grace Street.
Councillors asked questions, as they should, and got information. After that and the sharing of opinions, the issue was tabled until the next executive committee meeting.
In the grand scheme of things, it seems to be a relatively small thing to be spending that much time debating, especially considering the state of the city’s roads, sidewalks, water and sewer lines.
It would be more prudent for executive to discuss how to fix that while still keeping a balance of services and standards in the city.
But that doesn’t mean the fence issue doesn’t need to be resolved. It does. Cheryl Ingalls said the city had poor communication and confusion, telling her different things and now issuing an order to move the fence.
However, the issue is complicated with the pool in the backyard that requires a six-foot fence to enclose it. She has valid points.
The effects of moving the fence on the pool were unknown at Monday’s meeting because measurements hadn’t been taken for that.
Mayor Deb Higgins expressed her frustration at Monday’s meeting about being provided with a report but not having all details included. That was why in the end, the report was tabled.
Discussion is integral to council’s success and for council to get anything done. All sides need to be explored.
All councillors need to be open to all sides. All councillors need the whole picture to make an informed decision.
The discussion around the fence didn’t cost executive committee anything but a lot of extra time — time that could’ve been better spent figuring out how to solve the city’s debt when it comes to infrastructure or other pressing matters.
Some of the time spent on the fence issue was important, relevant and required, such as the communication with the resident and clearing up issues.
That time was incredibly well spent, but a resolution hasn’t been decided yet.
The fence issue is very important and the city’s poor communication skills with the Ingalls can’t go unnoticed and never should’ve happened.
The city needs to better communicate with residents to avoid unnecessary hassle.
That way councillors can avoid spending that much time debating those types of issues to be able to spend more time debating critical issues facing this city.
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