Local Government Awareness Week runs May 20-26 in Williams Lake

The City of Williams Lake is celebrating Local Government Awareness Week May 20-26 with displays set up around the city.

  • May. 18, 2012 1:00 p.m.

To celebrate Local Government Awareness Week May 20-26, Williams Lake City Council and staff will set up around the city to inform residents about the role of local governments play and to answer questions from residents.

A large display with information on council’s draft strategic initiatives, highlights of the 2012 budget, and other information will be set up in Canadian Tire on Wednesday, May 23; at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Thursday, May 24; and at Save On Foods Friday, May 25, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Council and staff members will be on hand at the displays. Residents will be encouraged to complete a survey on the city’s secondary suites policy, which is relevant even to those who do not have a secondary suite in their home.

The city, in a news release, says local governments affect many facets of our daily lives, from waste and recycling collection, to snow removal, to recreation programs and road maintenance. In B.C., local governments own 65 per cent of the public infrastructure, including water and sewer systems, roads, and recreation facilities.

“We encourage residents to come visit us during Local Government Awareness Week and ask questions,” says Mayor Kerry Cook. “We look forward to the opportunity to meet with people and hear what they have to say. Our doors are open, and we want to hear from residents. Government is always better when it listens.”