OUR VIEW: Revitalize public input

Taking advantage of opportunities to speak up about changes coming to downtown Sidney is one of the only ways to ensure that change works

Taking advantage of opportunities to speak up about changes coming to downtown Sidney is one of the only ways to ensure that change works.

To not say anything when the chance comes up, is to relegate the decisions on how Beacon Avenue and downtown Sidney will take shape to other people.

If you’re comfortable with that, fine. If not, great — there are going to be plenty of opportunities to have input on the work being done by the Mayor’s Task Force on downtown revitalization.

Throughout June and July, the task force plans on conducting a series of surveys. They’ll ask businesses and shoppers about the major issues in town. Mayor Larry Cross says this will give the task force members enough data to help shape their policies and plans. Having that kind of information can make a good idea great, or ensure that another idea won’t happen (or cost tax dollars) if it’s just not needed.

There’s also every indication that folks aren’t shy when it comes to speaking their mind. It’s just the timing that concerns us.

We’ve heard comments – good and bad – about the Town’s new downtown benches and planters. If people had concerns, they should have been raised when the municipality was showing off its choices of street furniture weeks ago. At the time, most comments were positive and the Town went ahead. Criticisms made now is an example of an opportunity lost.

Today, there’s another opportunity being offered. Proposed changes to downtown signs, street markings and even customer service are in the works and the people asking these questions are wanting feedback, alternate ideas and even suggestions to make their concepts better.

Cross says he’s hoping people will help the municipality, the task force and Sidney Business Improvement Association make the Town one of the prettiest in the west.

Will you step up to help your community reach that goal?

 

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