Russell Farmer from Associated Consulting Ltd. met with council at their regular meeting on Mar. 8 to present results from the strategic planning survey.
Out of the 51 ballots completed, more than 50 per cent responded that they view the Village as an active, welcoming and safe community to raise a family.
Business growth, job opportunity and infrastructure ranked as currently having the lowest performance, however, no aspect was ranked lower than a three out of five.
Respondents ranked business and job growth at 4.84 out of five as the most important aspects in the future of our community.
The survey was presented for public consultation during the Fireman’s breakfast on Oct. 13 to gather feedback from residents about how they currently view Forestburg and where they would like to see improvements.
The information provided the village and council direction for prioritizing long-term planning to support sustainability in the community.
Forestburg joins Coalition
In a unanimous decision, council approved the request from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association to join the Resource Communities of Canada Coalition.
The purpose of the coalition is to share information regarding resource development interests, advocate for responsible resource industry and ensure that municipal perspectives are taken into consideration by the Canadian Government.
The coalition aims to coordinate with municipal associations across Canada to address issues related to the resource industry.
Capital Plan reviewed
Council reviewed the Capital Improvement Plan for the second time, with additional information regarding village-owned buildings and recreation facilities, which was requested by council during the Feb. 7 meeting.
It will be amended by administration to look at prioritizing road improvements, then it will be brought back to council for review at a future meeting.
The next regular council meeting is on Mar. 21, 2019.