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Monday July 18th, 2011

Posted at 10:15am

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City Council is looking to improve the lines of communication between the neighborhoods they represent and City Hall.

A proposal is being presented to Council to adapt the model of Neighborhood Advisory Councils. The idea is to enhance communication, give Windsorites a chance to more actively participate in the decision-making process of their ward and to help identify issues unique to each ward that needs to be improved.

Each ward Councillor would have regularly scheduled meetings to record questions, ideas and opinions of their residents, and to get a better idea of what the municipal service priorities should be for each ward.

Also planned is to revamp the way the City of Windsor Councillor webpage is set up.  Changes to this will allow for each ward councilor to update their residents on hot topic issues and current projects with a dialogue box. Links can also be provided to websites of each councillor, if they have one.

The plan is to have the first round of neighbourhood meetings between October and December and the second round in February to April and report back this time next year if this project was successful and if it should carry on.

A budget of $85,000 will be needed to fund this initiative $62,000 for a council secretariat for one year, $8,000 for newspaper and radio advertising and $15,000 to hold the meetings.

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