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Friday, January 24, 2014   by: David Poluck

Here it is …almost February…. this year is off to a roaring start!

Over the last several years’ organizers of the Association of Ratepayers have been touting that a positive relationship between Council and all citizens is vital to enhance communication and promote education. Community engagement opportunities have been created over the last few years and this builds on that trend.

Through three years of ratepayer meetings and more recently meetings with representatives of our municipal council, we have developed a proposal to form a new Committee of Council Tentatively called the “Continuous Improvement Committee”.

This proposed advisory group would look to bring ideas directly from the public to an open discussion forum. Members of the public, city staff and council would meet as equals and develop a continuous improvement plan for the future.

In last years columns we took a look back at history, of how in both war and peace applied continuous improvement methods have been proven to be successful.

In the November article this question was asked;

“Given today’s environment would you agree that a Continuous Improvement System could make a difference today in the betterment of our community?”

The consensus of replies gathered was yes.

“The CIC is committed to the promotion of continuous quality improvements by rethinking and improving our community processes openly accountably and involving all available resources, at all levels. The CIC is a “community commitment” toward the goals of, providing a conduit for more involvement and opportunities for citizens into positive community development and direction, Continually striving to maintain reliability, flexibility, understanding and personal attention to all matters that will better our community.

This committee fully promotes identification of all community stakeholders and, recognizes and encourages partnerships with them, to assess needs within the context of a shared vision of what we all value. We as a committee will actively pursue and form creative partnerships with other institutions to better meet our community’s needs.

As part of the planning process we have now reached the point where public input is required before proceeding. This opportunity to have any traction support for this initiative is needed showing that there is both a desire and a will on the part of the community to drive improvement forward.

This exciting proposition is a chance to create a venue that does not exist in other Ontario communities.

This quite literally has not been done before and is not being attempted elsewhere.

By developing this kind of cooperation and open input, Sault Ste. Marie could and will become the model for other municipalities in the country. However it can only happen if you, the residents actively join in the process.

Are you ready to challenge yourself and others for the betterment of Sault Ste Marie?

Want to find out more?

The SSMAR organizers will be hosting a public information and input session February 27, 2014 in the Russ Ramsay Room from 7-9 pm

Please feel free to R.S.V.P. to saultratepayers@hotmail.com or by phone 705-253-2645

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soowat 1/24/2014 8:13:42 AM Report

I'm confident that you will get ideas ranging from the absurd to the excellent. Simply out of curiosity does one individual decide which ideas will be reviewed by the committee or are all ideas reviewed by the committee?
David Poluck 1/24/2014 10:19:07 AM Report

No not one person. All ideas are good ideas.
Ideally if you have the idea be prepared to work out the details. The core group can assist you in gathering resource..to move it forward.
You'll be the hub for your idea.

Mark Brown 1/24/2014 10:23:49 AM Report

Hi David,

Correct me of I'm wrong, but doesn't every municipality have a "Continuous Improvement Committee”? I thought that's what our City Council and City Council Meetings were for.

Open meetings where citizens can meet as equals with city staff and our city council to present their ideas and concerns.

No?

I'm wondering why this newly formed CIC feels the need to duplicate the function of City Council meetings?

Please advise.

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Mark Brown
David Poluck 1/24/2014 11:15:52 AM Report

Hey Mark,
No it isn't a duplication.
More of a pooling of resource.

bocca1 1/26/2014 11:09:46 AM Report

Just for the record is there any chance that this group will address the city's reluctance to upgrade the Red Rock Road despite 50 years of complaints?

L. Wells

Retreaded 1/26/2014 1:07:27 PM Report

Is anyone rumoured to be running against HER HONOR the Mayor in the next election? I never like a no contest situation. It might give her the idea we all love what she is doing for our city.
mac headrick 2/8/2014 1:08:34 PM Report

Mark three years ago I was of the same opinion as you stated above.

"Correct me of I'm wrong, but doesn't every municipality have a "Continuous Improvement Committee”? I thought that's what our City Council and City Council Meetings were for."

I found the most intelligent questions relative to the election came from the "Ratepayers Association". In fact this group should have been selected to question the candidates.

Now I believe David Polluck has a very difficult task. The present ward system in Sault Ste Marie has created a situation where Saultites who oppose development "NIMBY" are catered to over those who would create jobs and build something. Thus often the city's professionals in planning are ignored and decisions are left to the OMB.

It is obvious to me that job creation is not going to come from the federal or provincial governments therefore it is up to local small business. Perhaps the "Sault Ratepayers" can help in this regard.

I will be there Feb.27 to check things out.

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