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Consultation policy to replace Community Services Board

by Dana McArthur Community Services has an open door policy” council of meeting that have taken place. Mayor
pointing to the example of Tour of Alberta who Greg Pasychny raised concerns that a council
Edson's Community Services Director Jim approached him first and it was brought forward to member should be present at the meetings.
Desautels has been tasked with finding a council. Council members were welcome to attend the
replacement system for the Community Services Councillor Chouinard said, “Some people are consultation meetings Derricott said. “This is where Consultation policy to replace Community Services Board
Board that is being dissolved. uncomfortable with change, but this satisfies all the the new pay structure benefits. There is no additional
Desautels presented the new plan at the Committee concerns I had.” pay and no added cost to the municipality if
of the Whole meeting on January 12. “The plan will In regard to the open house Councillor Janet members of council want to attend.” But added
see direct consultation with individual partners with Wilkinson asked about the vulnerable population changes could be made at any time.
Community Services seven times a year.” being heard, “Could we meet people on their own The committee unanimously agreed to recommend
The consolations will take place in a tiered territory for a discussion?” the new policy replace the Community Services
approach with tier 1 consisting of user groups giving “If we look under tier 1 we can consult with any of Board.
examples like ice rink users groups, FCSS the user groups. We are always in constant
stakeholders, parks, and arts and culture consultation with agencies and partners,” said
stakeholders, etcetera. Tier 2 will be digital Desautels. Our beautiful Milaya is 7
consultations like online surveys and social media. “So this does meet the needs of the vulnerable, as years young. She is very
affectionate and loves to
Tier 3 will be quarterly meetings between Edson's not everyone is hooked up (to a computer). It's great talk. She’s attached
Community Services Director and Yellowhead to have these different opportunities for people,” herself to her foster dad
County's. Tier 4 will be a Community Services open said Wilkinson. and must always have at
house. CAO Mike Derricott added, “We can address and least one paw touching
It is believed this approach will give the broadest adapt to the needs of special groups. We can meet him.
opportunity for voices to be heard and give those more often to meet their needs.” He added this was a Milaya loves to sit in the
unable to attend an open house an opportunity to more direct approach by removing the middle and sunny window during the
express themselves. connecting direct with the vulnerable population. day to watch the birds at
Councillor Gean Chouinard asked that if a special Councillor Brian Boyce said, “I think this is very the feeder and in the late
interest group had a request would a special meeting satisfactory; it is a good communications policy.” evening she likes to play
be an option. Desautels said, “Absolutely, Derricott said that reports would be brought to with her toys.

She’s small, round, soft and affectionate ... and
Leading the way on although she seems to prefer the man of the
cross country skiis house, she would easily transition into any home
is Blair L’Hirondelle, willing to give her some love and a bit of a chat.
followed by Dylan She is good with cats and dogs, is sprayed and
Watson, Zander up to date on vaccines. Milaya’s adoption fee is
Dean, Beau only $50.
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