When Yorkton Councillor Darcy Zaharia began promoting a ‘Coffee with City Council’ he was hoping an informal setting might offer a fresh way to address the issues some residents might have.
However, the event held Saturday at the Land Titles Building, did not bring out very many people to voice concerns, or ask questions.
“I don’t know if we expected a lot of people to come out,” said Zaharia, who added the cold temperatures didn’t help. “We would have liked a few more people.”
The issues for the handful that did turn out were not anything new, although they were rather varied, said Zaharia, adding they included street cleaning, retail businesses for the city, construction, and property taxes.
However, Zaharia said the idea was less about discovering new issues, and more about creating the opportunity to create easy dialogue with residents.
“It was to create an opportunity for residents to come out. That was key,” he said.
Zaharia said the idea of the ‘coffee’ is one he will try again.
“It’s something we can definitely do again, and will do again,” he said, adding he might opt for a different day of the week, or an evening event next time.