City still working on community engagement

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December 23, 2014 9:02 AM

One of the biggest issues the City of Lloydminster wanted to work on this year was engagement with its community members.

At Dec. 15’s council meeting, the results for the community budget engagement survey came back and the issue of responses came up.

There were 1,082 surveys completed, according to reports, with 47 of them being submitted via hard copy, and the rest being completed electronically.

Sharon Herbus, the director of strategy with the City of Lloydminster, said that this is the first time that the city did budget engagement and the results were excellent.

“This was an opportunity for our residents to get involved in the process, and it was a start for us. We want to come up with some new innovative ways to engage our residents,” she said.

When asked what the city learned from the budget consultation process, Herbus said that it was a learning year and moving forward the city will continue working to engage more people.

“It’s still a work in progress,” she said.

“I really think that the biggest part of the issue was that social media is the way to go.

“We offered a hard copy of the survey in all of our facilities, and we only got 47 responses back, and the rest of the results were from online.”

Herbus said that the focus next year needs to be on social media.

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