The 70-odd page HB Regional Investment Company’s (HBRIC) business case is now available for review. Not that you would know that, because HBRC has elected not to publish it yet (as of Saturday).
Unlike the HBRC staff or HBRIC, I’d welcome your comments before this coming Wednesday, when Council will be discussing the matter.
Here’s a communication I sent this morning to HBRC chair Fenton Wilson and interim chief executive Liz Lambert …
“In one more example of staff’s manipulation of dam information, the HBRIC business case has NOT been posted online for the public to see over the weekend. No sign of the Agenda online as I write. As you’ll recall, we normally get an email Thursday nite or Friday from Leeanne confirming that Agenda materials for following week are now online and available to the public.
Standing orders don’t require Agenda materials to be available until 2 working days before the meeting, so technically the rules are being followed.
However, given: 1) the crucial importance of this biz case; 2) the obvious huge public interest (and stake) in it; 3) the fact that it is indeed available (Councillors have it) and is to be discussed in the public agenda, it is unconscionable that staff would elect to withhold it over the weekend.
Consequently, I intend to publish my copy on BayBuzz.”
Is this a confidence builder in the HB Regional Council?