Coalhurst Requests Public Participation

The Town of Coalhurst has commissioned a Needs Assessment & Business Plan for the development of the Centennial Legacy Community and Civic Centre to begin in March with an expected completion date of October 2012. “Council and administration want residents to be aware that the first step of this process will be a household telephone survey. “We certainly encourage them to take a few minutes to have their views known and be a part of the process”, stated Councilor Heather Caldwell. Residents who are not contacted during the telephone survey should not feel that they have been left out. “We are completing an independent assessment to ensure that the results are unbiased and statistically valid. The process is a broad based approach that encourages public participation. Copies of the Household Survey will be made available March 15th at the Town Office for those who have not been contacted through the telephone survey but wish to provide their input.”

The Needs Assessment purpose is to assess Coalhurst resident needs, learn about their views related to the development and delivery of community services with a particular emphasis on the needs for community facilities and program development. The objectives of the Study are to:

 •     Gain valid feedback from residents on current facility preferences and priorities.

•     Gain information from community organizations on current and future use of existing facilities and future program needs.

•     Conduct research and prepare an analysis related to population trends, demographics and market.

•     Conduct building condition reviews of existing community facilities and determine a site(s).

•     Develop the capitalization strategy for the Centennial Legacy Community and Civic Centre.

•     Prepare the Business Plan that reflects current and future facility needs in the community and provides the process for its implementation.

 Paul Conrad & Associates Ltd. from Spruce Grove and Genivar, were selected as the firm of choice due to the consulting team’s extensive background in community development, their experience with civic and community needs assessment projects, and their collective knowledge of the region.

Councilor Heather Caldwell, who will be Chairing the Centennial Legacy Committee, stated “We are anxious to get started, and excited that everyone will get an opportunity for input.”

As Mayor Dennis Cassie expressed “I feel that we are on the verge of some very exciting times. With the challenges we face as a community it is important that we meet these head on, and solicit the input of our residents to insure the path we choose is a clear one. This Needs Assessment and Business Plan will offer everyone the opportunity to become stakeholders in the future of their community so we may all reach a common goal. We are excited about the opportunity to respond to our growing communities needs in its Centennial; that makes it special”.

Community organizations that are involved in developing and providing programs and services will be encouraged to get involved in the process through a diverse set of consultation mechanisms. Members of community advisory boards, community organizations, youth or senior organizations, who wish to be involved in the process, are encouraged to contact Paul Conrad at (780) 990-8320 to schedule an interview time.

For more information on the Centennial Legacy Community and Civic Centre project contact the Town Office at (403) 381-3033 or Paul Conrad, Principal at (780) 990-8320.

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