A tough decision was made by council this past week and the loudest criticism will be from those who cannot yet see the value in government preserved greenspace for its own merit.
We cannot forget we elected council to make decisions for Sooke on our behalf. It’s a job very few step forward to take on. It was clear some members spent endless hours researching all aspects of the issue. The need to maintain neutrality, open mindedness, professionalism and awareness of priorities prior to the voting procedure was demonstrated by the newest of council. Past elected council demonstrated a need for a refresher course based on comments made which reflected a clear bias prior to the public meeting on September 23.
The passing vote was made by the newest council. Two past council members who were appointed “liaisons’ with the bike club were unwavering in voting on only one options, And the third was undecided, resulting in a 4-3 vote.
In addition to being the decision makers, council are also residents and their well-being will be affected by the decision made. The power granted to an elected official has the potential to turn to a self-serving opportunity.However, one council member offered his bi-weekly pay to the cause as he felt it was inadequate and not concerned about public opinion. I am sure that will be appreciated by the bike club Councillor Haldane.
We can all move on now. The bike club is in good hands as it is now in a partnership with SEAPARC and the Sooke Community Association with the district guiding the process. I hope the bike club’s enthusiasm is maintained given they are no longer in the driver’s seat. Seems to me there could not be a stronger team of professionals involved to benefit youth and families recreational sports.