Support for use of ‘expert locals’ to oversee project

Several citizens appeared at council to express their support for Coun. Kathy Moore’s motion to form a select committee of expert locals to help oversee the Columbia-Washington project, even though Moore deferred the motion until the next regular meeting on April 25.

  • Apr. 13, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Several citizens appeared at council to express their support for Coun. Kathy Moore’s   motion to form a select committee of expert locals to help oversee the Columbia-Washington project, even though Moore deferred the motion until the next regular meeting on April 25.

Moore’s notice of motion reads: “This committee will consist of the CAO and appointed staff, several Rossland citizens with engineering qualifications and a council representative. This committee will be the liaison between council, staff and the engineering firm engaged to work on all phases of the project.”

Laura Pettitt said: “We should raise and encourage some very knowledgable members in our community who are willing to pay attention to and participate in a project of this magnitude.”

“We have no staff engineer. Staff time is limited,” Pettitt said. “Having people who neither spend nor receive the money is very valuable to the taxpayers who are spending the big bucks.”

Angela Price concurred.

“We can all benefit from different points of view,” she said. “If anything looks niggling and awkward, it’s good to spot it early, rather than put up with us whining later.”