Lloydminster residents voiced their concerns to local lawmakers at the Your Voice engagement session. The city held the session at the Servus Sports Centre on September 5 and had many topics to speak on.
Potential changes to the taxi, animal and land-use bylaws were up for discussion as well as the issues surrounding portable signs. City employees were there to clarify and hear feedback about the Municipal Planning Projects and the Martin Browne Area Redevelopment Plan.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers says they’ve had good participation from residents who were curious about certain projects.
“I heard from a gentleman who was curious about the Martin Browne area structure plan that we have going. He wanted more information and wanted to know about the open house that we have going on next week,” Aalbers says.
The city acquired the Martin Browne School site in 2014 after the school closed. The school is planned for demolition and the city is asking for opinions on the redevelopment of the area from neighbouring residents.
Feedback workshops for the project are planned from September 10 to September 12 at the City of Lloydminster Operations Centre Training room. An online survey will also be available from September 10 to September 27.
Some redevelopment has already started in the Martin Browne area as the city is working on a larger parking lot in the area.
Aalbers says the sessions help the council move the city into a direction where everyone is heard.
”People come up and say ‘I’ve heard a rumour,’ we can displace that rumour if it’s not true and provide as much information as we can,” Aalbers says. “It’s important to be out and public-facing and let people know that we’re here and are open to discussions and questions they may have.”