Community roundtables to be hosted across Kawartha Lakes

By Lindsay Advocate

Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie and roundtable discussions.
Deputy Mayor Doug Elmslie.

Kawartha Lakes Council is introducing a new way of engaging with the community. Starting late summer and continuing into September, the public will be invited to participate in community roundtables in each of the eight wards. A community roundtable is an opportunity for Kawartha Lakes residents to engage with their elected officials, municipal staff and each other about current topics of general interest.

All roundtables will be open to the public and will be approximately two hours long. Chaired by the Deputy Mayor, meetings will include a round of introductions, a topic overview, a discussion and a section addressing next steps.

After each series of roundtables, the Deputy Mayor will create a report for Council including feedback from the public, ideas and recommendations. The topics will vary for each series of roundtables; 2019 will focus on managing our roads.

The new roundtables were announced at a Special Council meeting on March 19 that provided a full briefing on the state of our roads network which spans over 5,400 kilometers (3,300 miles). It included presentations on how we plan for, build, maintain and fund our roads network. The presentations are available on the City website.

“I’m very excited to have discussions with our residents about topics important to them,” said Doug Elmslie, Deputy Mayor.

“There’s no shortage of smart ideas out there. These roundtables are an opportunity to gather intelligence from the community while sharing information about how we deliver municipal services. We want to hear opinions, concerns and feedback on how we’re doing and how together we can improve.”

View Deputy Mayor Elmslie’s speech about community roundtables in the Newsroom version of this release.

Future meeting dates and topics will be announced shortly.

Contact your Councillor for more information or to get involved in a roundtable in your ward.

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