District 2 Newsletter
As challenging as these times are, it has given many of us time to reassess what is a “want” and what is a “need”. At the City many areas have been re-evaluated with the goal of currently being as flexible as possible and at the same time developing plans for a more efficient future.
With Emergency Orders and Uncertainty being an everyday occurrence in our lives, consistent and truthful Communication is now more important than ever.
So many misunderstandings are caused by poor or no Communication.
Many times I have residents and organizations tell me that they are so appreciative of knowing the issues and are able to be heard. The decisions ultimately may not be as workable as they would like but they appreciate the chance to have their opinions considered.
In this spirit Communication is evolving at the City to:
* Involve more residents to participate in serving on a City Committee, Board or Commission. Citizen participation needs to also reflect the diversification of our community. With different perspectives come decisions that are more inclusive of the community as a whole. Please keep in mind that many times we think the important decisions emanate from the larger Committees and Boards but smaller committees have just as big of an impact, such as the Tree Committee, Animal Services Board or the Cultural Arts Commission.
* Provide information to as many of you as possible via Newsletters or Social Media Posts to update you on City Decisions, especially before they occur. The better informed the better input one can provide.
* Develop a Contract Monitoring System with the City, Wharves and Park Board. With an ongoing review process such as this, Communication between all entities is enhanced, which leads to more efficient management of procurement, payroll and contracts and a resultant financial savings.
You can’t make a difference unless you are at the table, so please consider this an invitation to pull up a chair.
Have a Communicative August !