Spring coffee with council session indentifies top issue items

At their meeting this week, Council reviewed and accepted for information a resident feedback summary

  • May. 14, 2015 8:00 a.m.

At their meeting this week, Council reviewed and accepted for information a resident feedback summary from the April 11th Coffee with Council session held at the Lacombe Arena in conjunction with the  Lacombe Trade Show, and subsequently directed administration to host the  fall Coffee with Council session at the 2015 Active Living Fair in the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

“Council discussed at length 56 items of feedback and suggestions from citizens and provided direction to administration to return with cost estimates to address various items, and other informal suggestions to improve business processes,” said Mayor Steve Christie.

Council directed administration to address the following items, inclusive of costs, in the 2015 Coffee with Council Resident Feedback Summary, and to bring the results back to Council for review and discussion:

1. Items 7 and 8: Council directed administration to extend the spring and fall Community Clean-Ups by one day to allow for freecycling/swapping of goods, and to conduct public education on this initiative, and on the swap site at Prentiss Transfer Station.

2. Item 13: Council directed administration to investigate the cost and the advantages/disadvantages of installing GPS units in the City fleet.

3. Item 15: Council directed administration to estimate the cost of paving around the RV dumpsite at Michener Park for council’s consideration.

4. Item 21: Council directed administration to return with cost implications for the completion of curbing on the portion of the Hwy. 2A service road from Heritage Drive north to 63rd Ave. for possible inclusion in the 2016 budget.

5. Item 23: Council directed administration to present a revised 2016 budget for additional permanent line marking within crosswalks.

6. Item 31: Council directed administration to review partnering with the community on participating in the Communities in Bloom program.

7. Item 39: Council directed administration to investigate the position of Michener Park Campground signage that is on the same post as the visitor information sign.

8. Item 50: Council directed administration to review the speed signs adjacent to Michener Park (entire portion of 63rd St. to a 30km/hr zone or playground zone).

9. Item 51: Council directed administration to investigate and report on speed calming measures for Fairway Drive and Maple Bay at Woodland Drive locations.

10. Item 55: Council directed administration to further investigate the possibility of bylaw amendments and other community efforts, including public consultation, to allow for chickens within City limits.

“Coffee with Council sessions are part of an effective, broad-based municipal communication strategy that is vital in fostering public awareness and creating support for City programs, plans and policies,” said Chief Administrative Officer Norma MacQuarrie. “Such programs are essential for building and maintaining positive relations with various stakeholders and the general public.”