Both the Town of Cobourg and Northumberland County are using online surveys to solicit input from residents. Participation is not especially high but in this Covid-19 era, how else can input be obtained? From my experience, live Town Hall meetings don’t have a great record of success anyway – typically 30-50 show up at Town meetings and around 10-15 at County meetings. Does this mean the majority of citizens don’t care what is decided or do they have faith in councillors or perhaps Municipal staff? The County use one day Zoom sessions as well as surveys while the Town uses “Bang the Table” software to do surveys lasting several weeks. The topics covered range from how to design the East Pier (Town) to asking for comments on their Elgin Street subsidized housing project (County).
Recent and Current Surveys
In order of date launched. Click “Title” to go to relevant municipality page. Click “About” description to go to relevant Cobourg News Blog page – if available.
|County||Community Safety and Well-Being Plan||Priorities to improve Safety||17 Jun 2020||On-line Survey||Closed|
|County||Northumberland County Archives and Museum||New Archives/ Museum||17 Jun 2020||On-line Survey||Closed|
|Town||Body Worn Cameras||Police Cameras||23 July 2020||On-line Survey||Closed|
|Town||Service Delivery Review||Review Town’s Services||11 Aug 2020||On-line Survey||Closed|
|County||Financial Framework Survey||Financial Priorities||13 Aug 2020||On-line Survey||Closed|
|Town||East Pier||Design review||4 Sept 2020||On-line Survey||* 2 Oct|
|Town||Affordable and Rental Housing CIP||Process Review||9 Sept 2020||On-line Survey||* 5 Oct|
|County||Northumberland Next: Official Plan Update||Official Plan||15 Sept||Zoom – 28 Oct||Pending|
|County||Elgin Park Re-Development||Subsidized Housing||29 Sept||Zoom – 15 Oct||Pending|
* Scheduled close date – may be extended.
Municipal Engagement pages