In the loopFriday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 705-253-2645