North Glen­garry in 2029: What do you see?

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If you look to the fu­ture, what do you see for North Glen­garry in the year 2029?

That is one of the ques­tions the pub­lic is be­ing asked to an­swer as the mu­nic­i­pal­ity draws up its strate­gic plan.

“Plan­ning for the fu­ture takes vi­sion, in­spi­ra­tion and a great deal of pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion. To cre­ate a strate­gic plan that re­flects the goals and vi­sion of our com­mu­nity, the Town­ship of North Glen­garry needs help. We need our ci­ti­zens to step for­ward and tell us how they would like their com­mu­nity to be shaped,” says the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

For the en­tire month of March, North Glen­garry ci­ti­zens will have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in an on­line sur­vey that will be used to guide the fu­ture ac­tions and de­ci­sions of the coun­cil and ad­min­is­tra­tion. This in­for­ma­tion will help shape plan­ning, ap­provals, poli­cies, by­laws, bud­gets, ser­vices and growth.

The on­line sur­vey at www.north­glen­garry.ca takes only a few min­utes to com­plete.

The poll leads with the ques­tion, “What makes North Glen­garry a great place to live?”

Re­spon­dents are then asked what they value most about the town­ship and how the place could be im­proved. Af­ter de­scrib­ing their ideal ver­sion of North Glen­garry ten years from now, peo­ple are to list the top three pri­or­ity is­sues that must be ad­dressed.

The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered from th­ese sur­veys, which will be com­plied by con­sul­tants from McSweeney and As­so­ci­ates, will be pro­vided to coun­cil to use in the devel­op­ment of the Strate­gic Plan.

“This plan will help to de­fine coun­cil's high-level vi­sion and goals for the com­mu­nity. Based on those plans, coun­cil and staff will be able to de­velop de­part­men­tal plans and multi-year bud­gets, which out­line the ini­tia­tives and projects needed to en­sure that we are mov­ing to­wards the longer-term vi­sion,” the mu­nic­i­pal­ity says.

“On be­half of coun­cil, I am ex­cited to be­gin our strate­gic plan­ning process,” says Mayor Jamie Mac­Don­ald. “As part of the process coun­cil felt it was im­por­tant to reach out to our res­i­dents and get their in­put. An on­line sur­vey is a great way to do that.”

BRIAN MORIN PHOTO

FEED­ING TIME: Ospreys nest­ing last sea­son on the first osprey nest­ing plat­form in­stalled at Cooper Marsh. A new zoom cam­era sys­tem will af­ford close-up views of wet­land birds in­clud­ing a sec­ond osprey nest­ing plat­form that has just been in­stalled im­me­di­ately south of the visi­tors’ cen­tre. More in­side.

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