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LETTER: Renaming comes at a cost

I find it surprising that the "experts, city staff and the consultants" tasked with the job of re-naming the city streets find it surprising that they were confronted with some opposition to the project at the Nov. 1st meeting.
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I find it surprising that the "experts, city staff and the consultants" tasked with the job of re-naming the city streets find it surprising that they were confronted with some opposition to the project at the Nov. 1st meeting. When asked about the potential cost of renaming, the answer was that the cost is "minimal", suggesting "street signs are not expensive". That may be true but consultants have been hired along with "five experts on renaming" and the city has allocated city staff  and $325,000 of taxpayers money to carry out the project. I believe the city needs to re-think this initiative. Or at least be upfront on the actual costs involved and be prepared to reduce costs drastically.

Wasn't it city council members who recently stated that no stone will be left unturned in search of ways to reduce spending in order to keep the tax increase to a minimum. I doubt that taxpayers are demanding name changes as a priority.  The planned meetings are not designed to encourage feedback and determine local attitudes toward renaming. Didn't Mayor Heron already say that she wants St. Albert to lead the way in reconciliation and the committee is hired to do just that. 

How far is this project likely to go? How many more meetings, how much money spent and how much history will be erased? 

Maureen Fiebich, St. Albert