Drumheller Town Council has pledged to try to be more open and accountable to residents over the next four years and a new proposal agreed to at Tuesday's council meeting aims to do just that.
Mayor Heather Colberg suggested that a councilor be appointed to liaise with each of the valley's six community associations to keep them in the loop with what's going on at Town Hall and vice versa.
"Every councilor will have an opportunity to get to know each community and that way, the community realizes that as a whole, we're all interacting, rather than specifically, so I think it's going to work really well," she told 99.5 Drum FM.
"I thought as long as they have some representation showing up when they choose, not every community wants us there every month, so we'll send an email, request if they want the mayor and deputy mayor or more attend, then we'll go from there," she explained.
While councilors liked the idea, they noted that some community associations are more active than others, and so thought it would be better to rotate councilors than appoint one to each community association for their entire term.
"Nobody's really going to notice much of a difference," admitted Colberg. "I think it's just the fact that we're giving those community associations a voice and that is really the goal, is to let them know if they need us, we're there."

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