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Town Hall meetings set to start in rural Chilliwack

It's a yearly opportunity to throw out some questions about the realities of rural life in the 'Wack.

Town Hall meetings are set to start in four of Chilliwack's rural neighbourhoods.

The October meetings are held in Rosedale, Greendale, Ryder Lake and Yarrow, hosted by the Rural Issues Advisory Committee of the City of Chilliwack.

Crowds range from more than a dozen up to about 45 people, who ask city staff and committee members questions on a range of subjects — everything from streetlights, potholes and roads, to water services, illegal hunting and speeding traffic.

Every year someone asks staff, from a taxpayer's perspective, why can't their home be hooked up to city water services?

Every year the gentle response is that since water service is a utility operated by the city, it technically has nothing to do with taxes, and would require collective investment by the rural property owners to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars for the upgrade.

A visual PowerPoint presentation kicks off all the rural meetings documenting the issues raised at last year's meeting, with some feedback provided in response by city officials.

All town hall meetings start at 7 p.m.

The first meeting is at the Yarrow Community Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The next night it's Ryder Lake Hall on Oct. 18, Rosedale community school on Oct. 25, and wraps up on Oct. 30 in the Greendale firehall.

For more details contact the Engineering Department 604.793.2907

E-Mail: info@chilliwack.com

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

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