Regional Rundown: Elected officials are all about open communication

When you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to write your council or regional district area director or show up to a meeting.

This time around I would like to talk a little bit about the importance of communication between you and your local government.  The Village of Canal Flats Council had the perfect example of this a couple of weeks ago.

During our council meeting we received a letter from some concerned citizens regarding the Community Bus. They had heard that due to the bus driver leaving his position, the service would be cancelled by June of this year. They were quite outraged and let us know in no uncertain terms that they were not happy. I took the opportunity to answer them in my monthly newsletter submission, “Message from the Mayor”, in order to reach others that may have been under the same impression. Thanks to this group of people taking the initiative to speak up, I was able to set the record straight and inform everyone that the service will not only continue but also be improved by adding another run between Canal Flats and Invermere.

Rumors have a way of growing and festering, however, due to this group of concerned citizens who went to us right away, we were able to get the correct information out there. The point is that when you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to write your council or regional district area director or show up to a meeting.  We will answer your questions; that is what we have been elected to do.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Ute Juras is the mayor of Canal Flats and can be reached at 250-489-9070 or by e-mail at ujuras@gmail.com .

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