Eight registered for THI public meeting

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There is a 10:30 p.m. curfew for Wednesday’s public meeting on Tillsonburg Hydro Inc. (THI).

But Town Clerk Donna Wilson does not believe it will need to be invoked.

“I wouldn’t think so,” she said Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. “It appears there is a lot of public interest, but not a lot of people wanting to speak.”

As of Monday, eight individuals or delegations had registered for an opportunity to share a (maximum) 10-minute presentation with council and the public said Wilson.

“But if we receive more before then (Wednesday, May 14), we will add them to the list.”

Town of Tillsonburg Council unanimously supported (via recorded vote) a public meeting on THI in arrears of public outcry over a staff report tabled during the Thursday, February 27, 2014 meeting of open council. Its first of four major recommendations was council approve the disposition (a word defining options including sale, merger or status quo) of the town’s largest asset, THI, via a Request for Proposal process.

In front of a packed council chamber, council voted to defer the resolution pending a public meeting, ultimately scheduled for this Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. inside the Lion’s Auditorium. The location was chosen in anticipation of seating demand greater than can be accommodated within the regular council chamber.

Wednesday’s meeting will be chaired by Mayor Dave Beres, chosen to an interim position following the resignation of then-Mayor John Lessif. It will be set up like a council meeting, said Wilson.

“We will have full council and staff.”

Members of the public will speak from a podium and additionally, have access to a projector and screen.

“If someone wants to bring a presentation to speak to during their 10 minutes, they can do that,” she said.

Members of the public can also simply attend, and request the opportunity to speak, which will be granted, says Wilson, time permitting.

“We will hear the registered delegates first.”

And while uncertain how long the process will take, the clerk does welcome it.

“Public engagement – that’s always a good thing,” Wilson concluded.



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