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Township seeking public feedback as it hosts town hall event Sunday at WMC

A Woolwich resident with something to say about how the township’s run? You’ll have a chance to bend the ear of local politicians Sunday afternoon, as they host a town hall meeting in Elmira.

Mayor Sandy Shantz explains the event at the Woolwich Memorial Centre is something of an alternative to the mayor’s New Year’s levee, which came at a time many people are busy with a host of holiday activities.

The free public swimming, snacks and refreshments are still on, but it might be a better time for people to meet with councillors and to talk about issues – the good, the bad and the ugly, she suggested.

“They can talk about what they like and what they don’t like. And we’re halfway through our mandate,” said Shantz this week, noting council is two years into a four-year term. The next municipal election arrives in the fall of 2018.

Shantz said she doesn’t know what to expect in the way of attendance or topics residents might bring to the table, but councillors are willing to listen.

“I’m not sure what will come up,” she said. “The thing that comes up most in discussion is traffic – construction, road construction, the LRT. You can’t go anywhere in Waterloo Region … without construction.”

In that vein, many people have noticed heavier traffic volumes on routes between Elmira and Waterloo, an issue the township has asked the Region of Waterloo to investigate. Whether the change is part of ongoing construction issues – people searching out alternative routes – or something more systemic remains to be seen, she explained.

Given plans for a splash pad in Elmira and similar projects in Breslau, recreational facilities might also be on the public’s mind, said Shantz.

The township event takes place Oct. 16, 1-3 p.m., at the WMC. Everything is free of charge, but the township will be accepting food donations in support of Woolwich Community Services.

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