Fluoride feedback sought by city

Starting Wednesday, Red Deer city council will be available online to answer questions and get citizens’ views on how city council should make its decision on fluoride use.

Starting Wednesday, Red Deer city council will be available online to answer questions and get citizens’ views on how city council should make its decision on fluoride use.

The survey asks residents if they want Red Deer council to make the decision based on a plebiscite, public consultation or with information they already have.

People who want to chat with city council can visit www.reddeer.ca. Councillors will log on for one hour to chat with the public and collect surveys. The seven one-hour sessions are slated for Wednesday and again on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25.

The surveys will be available only during the times when councillors are live online.

Although the schedule is subject to change, Councillor Chris Stephan is expected to kick off the process on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mayor Morris Flewwelling and the rest of council are each slated for one-hour slots on Jan. 24 and 25. Check 24 hours in advance at www.reddeer.ca to determine the final schedule of speakers.

“This is the public’s last opportunity to give input into a decision-making process to address this issue,” said Tara Shand, senior communications officer.

A final report is slated to go the city council on Feb. 6, when it is expected to make a decision on its next steps.

For more information about the consultation process around fluoridation of the city’s water, visit www.reddeer.ca or call 403-356-8984.

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