Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:45 AM

City Seeking Feedback on Public Engagement

The City of St. John’s is seeking feedback from residents on how best to continue to do public engagement while being respectful of the restrictions currently in place due to COVID-19. Before we restart our public engagement efforts for projects, we want feedback on whether or not residents are able and willing to engage with the City over virtual platforms.

The City is asking residents to sign up on engagestjohns.ca and complete a survey on public engagement opportunities.

On March 17, the City postponed any planned public engagement activities based on public health recommendations around in-person meetings and physical distancing. However, it is still important that we seek feedback from the public on policies, programs and projects as we continue to do regular day-to-day business.

As we listen to our provincial and federal updates, it is becoming clear that working virtually and maintaining physical distancing is going to be the new normal for a while. With that in mind, we want to consider how we continue to do our public engagement work virtually in a way that respects our public engagement principles.

There are several projects the City had planned to engage on this spring including: sidewalk snow clearing, re-imagining Churchill Square and implementing new wayfinding signage.

The City also reminds residents that Council meetings are continuing every two weeks. These meetings are broadcast live at stjohns.ca/councilmeetings and available as a link following the meeting for those unable to watch at the time of the meeting.

A Council meeting will occur today, April 13, at 3 p.m.