With local service districts being criticized at recent meetings of the Great Humber Joint Council, Little Rapids is going to seek to regain its seat at the council table.
The local service district in the Humber Valley wasn’t the target of the most recent joint council meeting, which involved a discussion of the unincorporated community of St. Jude’s owing money to the neighbouring municipality of Deer Lake.
At the annual general meeting of Little Rapids earlier this week, it was discussed whether the community should return to being a member of the joint council and be a part of such discussions — not to mention debating other issues — when they happen.
“It occurred to us on the committee ... should we try to reinstate our membership on that council so we are there at the meetings to rebut because these people in the municipalities don’t understand how (local service districts) work,” said Lois Bateman, a member of the community’s executive committee. “They don’t understand that we get no funding from the government.”
Little Rapids stopped being an active part of the Great Humber Joint Council years ago because it couldn’t get an executive committee member to commit to being a representative.
Resident Sean Dolter is a former chair of the committee and once represented Little Rapids on the joint council. He thinks it’s a good idea to be an active member again, especially given the growing criticism unincorporated communities seem to be getting lately.
“I found it extremely meaningful because you knew what was going on in the district,” said Dolter at the annual general meeting. “I believe representation at that table now is more important than ever because of the renewed discussion of regionalization and the anti-local service district movement looking at unincorporated communities.”