Alberni voter turnout could be higher

Alberni city council needs consider plebiscite questions.

To the Editor,

Chamber of commerce executive director Mike Carter has publicly floated the idea of a plebiscite on a second crossing of Roger Creek. He also made the comment that a plebiscite may entice more voters to the polls on election day. I agree on both counts.

There has been talk of a second crossing for mor than 40 years but no real action taken to date. Maybe it is time to put the question of the crossing location to a vote and also determine what priority it should be given.

I have heard that in the last municipal election here the voter turnout was 27 per cent. That is pretty abysmal. With new candidates stepping forward and some high-profile projects proposed, the turnout will hopefully be higher this time around.

A plebiscite or referendum attached to the ballot would generate a lot more interest in the upcoming election. A referendum on some of these proposals would show what the majority of residents’ choices are and would give a newly elected council a sense of what their priorities should be and the direction they should be heading.

I would ask mayor and council to seriously consider attaching a non-binding referendum to the November ballot asking the following questions:

Which Roger Creek crossing are you in favour of?  10th Avenue, 14th Avenue, Tebo or a Cherry Creek Road crossing?

Which Echo Aquatic Centre concept option are you in favour of?

Would you support having a coal storage/shipping facility on the city’s waterfront (yes/no)?

Would you support having a coal storage/shipping facility located on the Alberni Inlet outside of the city limits (yes/no)?

Bill Randles,

Port Alberni

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