Com­ment ex­plained

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I wish to point out that one of my com­ments on mayor Sin­clair’s de­lib­er­a­tions to the Clean Air Bylaw re­ported in the March 6, South Waikato News was ac­cu­rate but that it did not re­flect my po­si­tion on his de­lib­er­a­tions.

I was floored at the mayor’s sug­ges­tion to lay the bylaw on the ta­ble for two years. This was be­cause he had al­ways been so passionate about the bylaw im­prov­ing air qual­ity that his change of heart was quite a shock. I did not dis­agree with de­lay­ing the pass­ing of the bylaw.

I later ex­pressed sup­port for his pro­posal and com­mented that I, like many oth­ers, had con­cerns about the fi­nan­cial im­pact the reg­u­la­tions submitted on, would have had on ratepay­ers.

It seems rather ironic that I sup­ported coun­cil­lor van Rooi­jen’s sug­ges­tion that we not go into non­pub­lic to de­lib­er­ate on the bylaw and am now writ­ing to ex­press my rea­sons for the sur­prised com­ment I made im­me­di­ately af­ter the mayor’s de­lib­er­a­tions ceased. Cr Brenda Watkins


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