Saturday, February 22, 2020

Opinions sought about CK council meeting locations

Mayor Darrin Canniff (Municipality of Chatham-Kent)

Citizens of Chatham-Kent are being asked to weigh in on the possibility of municipal council meetings being held in locations other than the Civic Centre.

Mayor Darrin Canniff has made a notice of motion to hold two council meetings per year in locations outside of Chatham.

Council will consider the motion sometime in March, Municipal officials said in a media release.

As part of its commitment to engage citizens, the Let’s Talk CK website will host a survey for the next month asking residents their opinion on the move, potential locations and other input.

To take the survey click: Let’s Talk CK

Visitors to Let’s Talk CK must register in order to participate in the survey.

The Let’s Talk platform is monitored and provides a place for respectful discussion of information, where people can provide opinions without fear of the kinds of backlash too often associated with social media.

There are eight questions and the survey cam be completed in under 10 minutes, Municipal officials say.

More than 1,100 people have registered for Let’s Talk, and have provided council and staff with 1,000 responses to items as diverse as transportation, cannabis, the vehicle for hire bylaw and others.

The recently completed 2019 budget survey resulted in more than 1,500 visits to the site nearly 300 residents providing input.

“Let’s Talk is one more way for us to reach our residents and help provide information to council on topics of interest,” said Judy Smith, Chatham-Kent’s Director of Municipal Governance and Clerk, in a press release.

“Not everyone can attend public input meetings but everyone has the right to have their voice heard.”

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