Some observations from a Wednesday evening at the Whispering Pines community hall:
This meeting wasn’t about garbage-collection options for Black Pines. It was about choosing between two evils.
When TNRD area director John Sternig told me before the meeting started that there would be an “other” category of options, I must have misheard him.
When the TNRD calls a public information meeting, starting it at 6 p.m. is guaranteed to keep a lot of people away who can’t make it home from town on time.
But then, that’s something the officials found out, since they arrived late and didn’t get the meeting started until 6:20 p.m.
Sternig doesn’t chair a bad meeting, but it would be better if he would stand up and keep track of who wishes to speak.
Sukh Gill, the RD finance director, should remember he is a member of staff, not an elected board director, and not the meeting chair either.
Don May, the RD’s enviro guy, is capable of being the coolest guy in a room, handling a barrage of questions and remarks politely at all times.
A meeting about garbage is a great place to catch up with neighbours on what’s going on in the neighbourhood.
You really can’t fight City Hall.