City council's closed-door meeting with KGHM/Ajax Wednesday wasn't the round-table discussion some thought it would be.
Instead, officials for the proposed mine held a meet-and-greet in the same room with the same information boards that the public is getting at open house sessions this week.
Coun. Nelly Dever said she was disappointed that meeting didn't involve a group discussion about top issues concerning residents about the mine.
But she did get to bend the ear of KGHM/Ajax chief executive officer Marcin Mostowy one on one. She asked about the company's commitment to creating a three-dimensional computer model that would allow Kamloops residents to see how the mine would impact their view from their home.
"I told him the scale might dissipate some concerns but also might raise new ones," she said.
She also told him she wouldn't support the company's proposal unless the scale model was made. Mostowy assured her he would try to get on it as soon as possible, Dever said.
"He said he hadn't realized how important that digital scale was," she said.
City council members pulled names from a coffee cup to decide who would attend the KGHM/Ajax meeting. If more than four went, there was concern about there being a quorum and it changing the sense of the meeting. Instead, councillors went in two shifts of four to meet KGHM/Ajax officials at the Coast Hotel.
Coun. Donovan Cavers was one of the most skeptical to attend the meeting. He invited the mine officials to come to council and asked some questions around home insurance that someone had put to him concerning the impact of blasting.
Coun. Ken Christian said he had a long talk about the public engagement that the company has done to date "and where I feel they've missed the boat."
He also asked about whether the ore body could be shifted and the impact on Jacko Lake and the Kinder Morgan pipeline. He was told the ore couldn't be moved and the impacts would depend on the mine edge.
"It was the start of a dialogue which is more than what we've had in the past."
Mayor Peter Milobar's sentiments were similar. He said he had high hopes when the idea of the meeting with KGHM/Ajax was first discussed.
It wasn't what he had expected, but it was still a good first step, he said. Now actions have to speak louder than words with the follow-through.
"The proof is in the pudding," he said.
"I don't think there can be too (much) public engagement."