Drumheller citizens who have a bone to pick with Town Hall are going to get the chance to say it face to face.
A new public engagement strategy will see the mayor and deputy mayor meet privately with people before each Committee of the Whole (COW) council meeting.
"We do live in a small town, we do have coffee shops and telephones (so) we are available, but council thought this would enhance communications," explained incumbent mayor, Terry Yemen. "The deputy mayor and myself will be available in the mayor's office prior to each one of our COW meetings and if you have a concern or question you'll be able to come in, sit down and talk about it."
Previous surveys of rate payers have found while most people are happy with the job that council and town administration do, there is a perception that council's business and decision making could be more open to the public.
It's nice to be able to talk to somebody face to face," stated Yemen. "(With) social media you can read things into it and stuff and people take exception to it when that wasn't the intent, so just do it the old school way (and) sit down face to face."
The first public engagement session will take place before the December 5 Committee of the Whole meeting, starting at 4:00 p.m. upstairs at Town Hall on Centre Street.
"We'll have to do an evaluation of it to see if it's being used," noted the mayor. "I would suggest to the end of the term of this council anyway, unless there's no interest in doing it."