More than 40 people offered their opinions on council remuneration in the first two hours of Overlander Days as the task force exploring City council’s pay scale began gathering public input.
Decked out in blue shirts, members of the citizen task force approached the hundreds of people gathered at McDonald Park on Saturday for the family festival.
Task force chairman Brant Hasanen had spoken with 30 to 40 people by noon, many of them seniors. He said each volunteer was responsible for a different part of the park.
“We want to make sure that we can comfortably say that we did get the face-to-face solicited contact with the community,” he said. “We’ll stop somebody, ask them questions, and get their opinion.”
So far, the seniors he’s spoken to believe councillors deserve the compensation they are getting, he said.
“That’s just these seniors,” said Hasanen. “We’ll see what kind of results (the other volunteers) get.”
Overlander Days was the task force’s first on-the-ground effort. The volunteers will be at Music in the Park and the downtown farmers market in the days and weeks ahead.
Canvassing is supposed to wrap up at the end of the month. If the task force isn’t happy with the consistency of the feedback, more public input will be sought, said Hasanen.
Comments can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 250-828-3578.
Written submissions should be addressed to the Council Remuneration Citizen Task Force and mailed or dropped off at City Hall, 7 Victoria St. West, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 1A2.