An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
KAMLOOPS CITY COUNCIL took a tentative step toward greater transparency and engagement Tuesday (Jan. 21, 2020).
At a committee of the whole meeting, council received a report from staff on Mayor Ken Christian’s committee structure adopted a year ago. That structure consists of five committees with a whole bunch of engagement and working groups attached to them.
The committees, thus far, have had no provision for public inquiries or public delegations. It’s a deficiency in needs of correction. Something of a precedent was set last October when the Kamloops Voters Society and Domtar were allowed to make presentations to the finance committee on industrial taxes.
Inserting regular public inquiries sections — similar to that in regular council meeting agendas — into committee meetings would be a good thing to do. Council couldn’t bring itself to go that far yesterday, but did support formalizing delegations.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.