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Now that the municipal election is over, the newly elected council is hard at work making decisions and representing High River residents on a daily basis. Exercising your right to vote is an important part of the process, but municipal elections only happen once every four years, and it is important for Councillors to hear feedback from residents on an ongoing basis.
There are lots of ways to connect with High River Councillors and to have your voice heard on important issues. Some of them include:
For many major issues, like the introduction of a new bylaw, or the changing of a land use, the Town holds public hearings where affected residents can share their thoughts and have their voices heard. Comments can be submitted in writing and presented in person at the meeting. Public hearings are advertised several weeks in advance in the local newspaper and Town website and the information submitted is used by council to help make their decision.
Public comments at council meetings
At each council meeting there is the opportunity for residents to provide public comments to council on any issue in the Council agenda.
Delegations at council meetings
For a slightly more formal presentation to council individuals and community groups are encouraged to appear as a delegation at a council meeting. Delegations are a great way to keep council informed about a community event or initiative, and also serves to spread the word to the entire community. If you are interested in learning more about the process contact Kara Rusk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-603-3652.
Boards and Committees
If you are looking to provide feedback to council on an ongoing basis you may want to consider volunteering to sit on a High River board or committee. There are a wide range of topics available that help to guide and shape the town. Boards and committees are regularly engaged as a resource for Town of High River projects, or may lead projects on their own. For a complete listing of boards and committees, as well as open positions, term lengths and how to apply, visit the Government menu.
And finally, if none of the above options work for you, please feel free to contact one of the High River Councillors. Contact information for Council can be located at www.highriver.ca/mayor-and-council