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Democracy is gone in Taber

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Taber Times

I attended the May 14 town council meeting to find out what the town’s legal department had decided regarding the petition to hold a plebiscite on building a new fire hall. The legal department suggested that the petition be for information only.

The words were no sooner out of CAO Cory Armfelt’s mouth when Coun. Jack Brewin quickly tried to make a motion to have emergency services be at ALL residences in 10 minutes or less ALL the time. The mayor (Andrew Prokop) had to tell him they would talk about it later. Coun. Garth Bekkering pointed out to Jack that it is impossible to guarantee that any service could be on site in 10 minutes or less all the time. Coun. Joe Strojwas suggested that town council listens too much to the people’s concerns with petitions, saying the Town of Airdrie has a fire hall in a school zone, why should Taber not do the same?

Jack Brewin made his motion and it passed to move the fire hall with zero consideration given to the 958 citizens who signed the petition. I think I now know how the people of North Korea or Russia feel when they bring up their concerns to the “supreme leaders” and they are ignored.

The citizens of Taber can still have their say in October 2021. In my opinion this council, with the exception of one or two, needs to go. Hopefully Taber will return to a democracy.

Forrest Lester

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