PENINSULA LETTERS: Task force recognized all downtown items suggested

As you have well reported, the mandate of the Mayor’s Downtown Revitalization Task Force is to take the pulse of Sidney’s business area

As you have well reported, the mandate of the Mayor’s Downtown Revitalization Task Force is to take the pulse of Sidney’s business area, gather suggestions for improvement and submit those suggestions to authorities such as the Town of Sidney, the Chamber of Commerce, the Sidney Business Improvement Areas Society and others for action.

You did a good job on reporting the 16 revitalization action items recently submitted to town council for consideration. That, however, was only part of the story.

At the same time as submitting the 16 recommendations to council, the Task Force also submitted 41 ideas to the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society for its consideration and action. Many of these items include working with the Town or another community organization. Also, the Task Force sent three items to the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Another 20 or so exist on the Task Force’s books which require more refinement before they are forwarded to the respective community organizations or authorities for action. This list continues to grow as the Task Force receives public input through Sidney Says, by email and by letter.

Additionally, we anticipate dozens and dozens of suggestions to come out of the surveys of shoppers and businesses recently conducted. It will take several weeks to sort and analyze the survey results and then those suggested initiatives will be forwarded to those who we believe should be responsible for their implementation.

Finally, I would like to comment on your editorial piece titled Task Force job not yet done. In it, you note that many of the recommendations outlined in the Task Force report are items the Town has had in the works prior to the task force being formed. You go on to say: “On the surface, then, it appears the task force report is an endorsement of work the Town has already done.”

I’d like to provide clarification. Indeed, many of the items listed in the report were identified by Task Force members, the public or business community without any knowledge that they were already being contemplated or undertaken by the Town. But the Task Force felt it important to include any and all items in their ongoing Recommended Action Items List (RAIL). The bottom line is that they are important and therefore need to be recognized and completed.

Mark Dickinson, Chair

Mayor’s Downtown Revitalization Task Force, Sidney

 

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP block entrance to Goldstream Park, evicting all campers by morning

Roving tent city moved to provincial park yesterday, advocates say homeless unfairly targeted

Choir study shows people with dementia can learn new songs

Volunteers need for Alzheimer’s helpline, World Alzheimer’s Day is Sept. 21

Victoria’s ‘Penny Girl’ to tell story of gender transition in new documentary

Frankie Edroff will write film, Empress Avenue Media to direct, produce project funded by Telus Storyhive

Four Greater Victoria mayors to be acclaimed in fall election

No election in District of Highlands with six council candidates up for six seats

United Way asks Victoria to share local love

2018 campaign aims to raise another $5M

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read