City talk

The city is graciously accepting early registrations (and fees) from owners of monitored security alarm systems.

The city is graciously accepting early registrations (and fees) from owners of monitored security alarm systems.

The City claims residents  have  “clearly indicated” the bylaw to address false alarms is important to them, and  they want to help the registration process “move forward quickly.”

If I understand correctly, the  $15 registration fee will allow  each user three “free” false alarm calls a year.

The non-registered will pay $100 per response.  OK, the $15 may help pay for  the supposedly  unnecessary call outs, but how will  registration reduce the number of false alarms or  the crime rate?

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City  council’s decision to  hire  a consultant   to  educate the public on the  pros and cons of fluoridating our water  triggered  a cheeky  editorial  in  the Prince George Free Press. Referring to  criticisms of that city’s communication person’s salary, the  editorial notes that at least PG isn’t  paying a staff person to communicate, then  contracting out the city’s communications work. The editorial quotes our CAO as saying our  communication co-ordinator is going “flat out” dealing with the city’s daily communications.

Okay, but what  about the capable volunteers  on the  city’s  Water  Advisory Committee?  Their (free) advice is  no  fluoridation.  Rather than re-inventing the wheel, couldn’t someone who has strong feelings  for fluoridation volunteer to make the case for renewing the practice?

Yes, I did say  renewing. According to my information, the city  stopped  putting fluoride into  our water  quite some time ago for a couple of reasons.

This council doesn’t seem to be much on advisory committees. It dumped the Health Advisory Committee early on, and later the Sustainability Committee. I don’t know  who or what replaced them. If  the city has lots of  dollars kicking around for  consultants, that’s cool,  but maybe committees made up of  knowledgeable volunteers who  happen to be local taxpayers just might  have some valuable input on some issues.