WHITE ROCK â€” A special council meeting to deal with the cityâ€™s garbage issue will be held April 7.
Councillors Helen Fathers and Dave Chesney sent a request Friday (March 27) that Baldwin call the meeting â€œto deal with Issues raised by the community on the solid waste decision," under section 126 of the Community Charter.
According to the passage, â€œThe mayor may call a special council meeting at his or her discretion.â€ If no arrangements are made within 24 hours or the meeting is not set to be held within seven days, two council members are able to call a meeting themselves.
Fathers said she and Chesney decided to call the meeting after learning the mayor had met with a group of residents on Wednesday regarding the waste collection issue and directed staff to report on some of the items brought up.
â€œOnce a council decision has been made you canâ€™t really direct staff to go and report on other stuff, so I thought it really should be a council decision in a council forum,â€ she said.
â€œWe donâ€™t have a meeting until April 13, and time is of the essence, so under the Community Charter Iâ€™ve asked the mayor to call a special meeting, a public one, not in camera.â€
The waste collection issue has been a source of growing discontent in the community and comes in the wake of a decision by the city to end waste collection for multi-family units come July. Residents upset with the change claim they were not consulted before the decision was made in a closed meeting in December, and would like to continue with the service being run by the city.
â€œThereâ€™s just so much angst out there and we have to clear it up,â€ said Fathers. â€œIf we had a council meeting this week I could have just stuck it on the agenda but we donâ€™t until the 13th.â€
The city is also exploring the possibility of contracting out waste collection for single-family residential units, and recently sought bids from potential contractors.
The special meeting will take place on April 7 at 1pm at city hall.