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Community Services Strategic Plan update

by Adrienne Tait

Western Management Consultants (WMC)
director Joyce Tustian, presented both town and
county councils with the initials results of their Misadventures
Edson and Area Community Services Strategic
The two municipal councils are working together
Blind View to develop a community services strategic plan for
Window Fashions the Edson service area based on evidence, best
practices, and an assessment of area needs. WCM
recently conducted a survey of residents as well as
interviews and meetings with stakeholders and
partners to ascertain the needs of the community.
Custom Window Treatments The data was collected and the initial results
since 1988 presented to both councils. The formal report,
along with recommendations, is expected to be
forthcoming sometime in September.
The survey gathered information regarding
780.723.5734 Julie Van Ember activity levels, priority areas, and views on future
780.542.0898 financing. Director with WMC Consulting Joyce Tustian presented Yellowhead County council a mid-point
A total of 789 households, representing 2,686
blind view people, responded to the survey. Of the 789 update on the joint Edson/Yellowhead County Community Services Strategic Plan, on June 20.
photo Dana McArthur
responses 226 were county residents and 554 from
Edson. Tustian noted that some Yellowhead why the library is so well used. It has filled that the programs themselves but the facilities in which
window fashions County residents receive their mail at a post office niche of drop in. You're missing a drop in weight they are housed.”
box in town and therefor there is a margin for
Councillor Bevan said, “We just saw the results
room, track, swimming. We heard this from
error. Nine additional surveys were received but
not counted as they were from out of area. everybody.” of the Community Futures business survey and it AD PENDING
came out with very similar results. We had the
One concern raised by a county councillor,
2017 Ads response I have ever seen in my life as a municipal Tustian told town council, was that the FCSS Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan Edson Funeral Home
Tustian said, “This is the largest percentage
phone survey 300 households and said the same
program was excluded from the study.
manager and/or with my work in the statistical
community.” Community Services director Jim Desautels said thing you just did. We need to look at this. That is
three things now that have all said the same thing.
this was a conscious decision by both
The initial survey revealed that the Edson and administrations as a comprehensive review of the I would hate to see this go another 10 years.” Must stay on page 7
District public library was the most well used at FCSS programs had been completed in 2014. “It Mayor Greg Pasychny said he was pleased to see
1,256 people (and 3,323 visits) per month followed would have been too broad and overlapping the number of respondents. As per Sue
by the Red Brick Arts Centre at 1,122 people, and
July 10, 31 the Galloway Station and Museum at 690 people. boundaries. We have a pretty good idea of how we Culture, Recreation, and the library and partners On right hand side
Stakeholder groups representing Arts and
are doing with FCSS and how we engage,” said
Tustian said because the museum is also the tourist
information centre the numbers do not accurately Desautels. such as the Chamber of Commerce, industry, and of the page
business community were also consulted. A more
CAO Mike Derricott said, “This was not a
August 21 reflect the total usage of the centre but rather the program study. This was not necessarily to study detailed report will follow at a later date with the
local usage.
data complied from those meetings.
The top three most
well used recreation
September 11 facilities were Repsol EDSON DRY CLEANERS
Place, Wilmore Park,
and the Kinsmen Spray
October 2, 23 Park. FOR RENT
The number one
recreation activity was
swimming with 506
November 13 households, 1,404 Approx.
people, and a monthly
1,000 sq. ft.
use of 4,978. The
second most popular 1,000 sq. ft.
December 4, 25 recreational activity was 110 - 50 Street
110 - 50 Street
hockey with 238
households, 477 people,
and 4,807 monthly visits. Diagnostic Company GUARADIAN RADIOLOGY
Baseball came in third Must stay on page 7
and golf fourth. Tustian
said, “I don't think I have 780-517-2727 MUST STAY ON THIS PAGE
seen a survey before As per Sue
where hockey was not (David)
number one.” On right hand side
Building and AS PER SUE
programming capacity of the page
were noted as factors.
Tustian said, “There is a
strong sense that people bottom banner
are pleased with the
variety of activities P INSTALLATIONS P
being offered but most of SHEET METAL
your facilities are * Furnaces Replacement
operating right at * Furnaces/Air Conditioners
capacity. This means * Residential Heating Packages
scheduled programs. If I
wanted to stop in for a * Electronic Air Cleaners
swim at the pool tonight * Humidifiers/Air Exchangers
* Furnaces Replacement
I would almost certainly * Sheet Metal Work
* Furnaces/Air Conditioners
be out of luck.” * Residential Heating Packages
* Electronic Air Cleaners
Tustian said that space FREE ESTIMATES
* Humidifiers/Air Exchangers
to fill the need for drop
* Sheet Metal Work
in style activities during Email:
the winter months was
identified as a need,
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