MOOSE CREEK — Tonight’s the final opportunity for North Stormont residents to have a say in their municipality’s new strategic plan — if not in the spending of more than half a million dollars the township has received from Toronto.
Council and municipal staff will host the public at the Moose Creek Community Centre, 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 29, for the second and final consultative session on the topic.
Councillor Roxane Villeneuve noted during last night’s council meeting that only 10 people attended the previous open house date in Crysler. The councillor expressed hope a much greater number would take part in the exercise this evening in Moose Creek. The input gathered will help the township set its strategic goals for the next five years.
The township has engaged a consultant to create the plan at a cost of about $8,500.
“The strategic plan really has nothing to do with what money we have or don’t have,” explained Deputy Mayor Frank Landry of the exercise, addressing a question about that $549,000 windfall grant North Stormont received from the province last year.
“This is about a vision where we’re going to be next year, where we’re going to be in five years,” Landry said, mentioning topics of concern ranging from the availability of natural gas to broadband internet.
“If we do have money, bonus,” the deputy mayor acknowledged, “but that wasn’t the plan for the exercise.”