Water deal should be put to vote in Lantzville

Trust in the residents to become informed and use their judgment in deciding the direction that the community should take.

To the Editor,

Re: Nanaimo councillors approve water deal, Feb. 27.

Recently I asked Lantzville council for the Lantzville-Nanaimo water agreement to be put to a vote of Lantzville residents.

I believe that the agreement is flawed with financial risks, combined with threats of changes to the existing official community plan and reduced water standards that are not in keeping with Lantzville’s vision.

I do not believe any council has the mandate to enter into an agreement that changes Lantzville forever financially.

Some individuals on council do not believe the agreement should go to a vote of the people under any circumstances. Why not?

If it is signed and then residents are unhappy about the agreement for any reason it cannot be changed simply by electing a different council. Once signed it is legally binding.

On an ethical basis I appeal to council to allow residents to vote on the water agreement. Trust in the residents to become informed and use their judgment in deciding the direction that the community should take.

Colin Haimevia e-mail