Council lacks leadership on school issue
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 06:00 am
I cannot express how disappointed I am in our elected officials regarding the shoehorning of a high school onto a three-acre parcel of land in Erin Ridge. The use of intimidating tactics by the city administration and the francophone school board overshadowed the real issues. It is indeed sad and indicative of a council that has refused to demonstrate leadership that the concerns of the residents were sidelined.
Does the francophone board have need of a school? Most definitely! Yet in their angst they have elected to have a school built which will accommodate the student body, but will not address the problems of the lack of recreational and educational facilities for those same students. The need for busing students to recreational and related facilities will not be resolved. A very shortsighted solution to a very real need has been approved by council.
Related serious issues with respect to traffic flow and parking were discarded by the administration and council as not relevant (until after the facility has been built). Interesting! When are they relevant if not in the planning stage?
St. Albert Council has demonstrated their lack of concern for the citizens of a fine city. They ignore the needs of residents in a very insular environment. Perhaps it is time that councillors took a leadership role and acted as elected representatives working for the interests of their constituents.
W.J. Fletcher, St. Albert