Proponent of Solid Waste Roadmap speaks out

I want to commend Brian Vossen, editor of the Lacombe Express and say thank you for the excellent opinion article written by him

I want to commend Brian Vossen, editor of the Lacombe Express and say thank you for the excellent opinion article written by him on the Solid Waste Roadmap in the Oct. 10 edition. You hit the nail on the head.

You voiced it as it was and I do appreciate that. It is true that the City of Lacombe was very remiss in the total implementation of this plan with a 2% respondent rate back in 2012. The mayor and the council members are responsible as well, for rubber-stamping this recommendation as presented by City administration. I do hope that, the City administration and the council have all learnt from this and that they will all do their due diligence in the future.

This has been one big headache experienced by two citizens who got the ball rolling. Margaret Garrett and myself took this issue on as matter of principle and the right to the democratic process. Despite some complacency by citizens initially, momentum was quickly gained once they became aware and understood the issues and how they would be impacted by the proposed changes.

The citizen support received through this long and challenging process has been tremendous and I could not have done it without you. Each and every one of you kept me going when I was ready to give up. We could not have accomplished what we did without citizen support and the words of encouragement that we received.

Bringing this issue to the forefront, to Lacombe residents, has been more than a full time commitment when yes, I had other pressing matters. Let me just say that behind the scenes, this has been a very difficult and long process. Had I known that initially, I may not have jumped to the challenge. We must never feel that we will not be heard or cannot impact change. This process has taught me that it can happen.

As we move forward with the new City council elected this week we need to hold them accountable, responsible for their decisions and how our City is being managed, on behalf of all the citizens of this community. This new council needs to be the voice of its citizens and not be run on their own personal agendas.

Louise Pickett

Lacombe