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