CRD community meetings take on multi-agency format

Three upcoming community events hosted by the CRD will give residents the opportunity to hear from a number of different agencies.

Three upcoming community events hosted by the Cariboo Regional District will give residents the opportunity to hear from a number of different agencies.

“At our town hall meetings people frequently ask us about roads, policing, ambulance, septic tank permits, you name it, items that we don’t do,” CRD chair Al Richmond said Friday during the board’s regular meeting in Williams Lake.  “Rather than have a formal presentation at a town hall meeting, you bring in all these agencies, and it affords people the opportunity to talk to all these folks.”

Representatives will be on hand from various government ministries and services agencies such as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Interior Roads, Emcon, Cariboo Fire Centre, RCMP,  Interior Health, Northern Health and BC Emergency Health Services.

Some times people are challenged and threatened having to stand up and ask questions at an open meeting, Richmond said.

“This way they won’t have to sit through a long presentation, but can get their questions answered by the people who actually provide the services.”

The new format first emerged last year when Area H director Margo Wagner put in a request to invite agency representatives to the CRD town hall meeting in Forest Grove.

“It was well received,” Richmond said. “The board feels we want to try this in the Central, South and North so we are going to do that this time as an experiment to see if it meets people’s needs.”

The meetings take place Monday, Oct. 26  at 108 Mile Ranch Community Centre from 5:30 to 7 p.m.,  Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Bouchie Lake Community Hall from 5:30 to  7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 2 at McLeese Lake Community Hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m.