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Powell River resident seeks answers about safe streets project

Council receives correspondence and in-person questions at committee of the whole meeting regarding plan for Townsite
Powell River city hall.

A Powell River resident has asked how to get answers to questions he submitted in a letter to City of Powell River Council regarding the safe streets project in Townsite.

Prior to the March 14 committee of the whole meeting, Arthur Richards submitted correspondence, asking questions around the cost of the project, and whether the BC Heritage Act had been consulted about making sure a permit is not required to make changes. A motion was made to receive and file Richards’ letter at the meeting.

“I put [the questions] in a letter, I presented them to council, and it gets dismissed,” said Richards at the meeting. “How do I get these questions answered?”

Interim chief administrative officer Chris Jackson said staff could provide answers to some of the questions in a follow-up staff report, such as how much it cost for consultants and public engagement.

“We’ll do what we can to respond,” said Jackson. “We don’t need direction on that.”

Richards said he had written letters to council before and had not heard back about any of the questions.

“If you’re going to answer me, fine, but if it’s just going to get filed, and it would have been if I hadn’t come here and asked; it would have been filed and nobody would have looked at it again,” said Richards. “Council may be listening but they don’t seem to be reading.”