Consultation coming on contentious issues

By Cecilia Nasmith

Issues of consuming interest to Cobourg residents are coming up in terms of public meetings and consultation opportunities, and councillors shared the details at this week's council meeting.

Councillor Emily Chorley said that a Sept. 12 open house at the Cobourg Community Centre will invite members of the public to learn more about the east pier and campground project between 6 and 8 p.m.

Work stations will provide information on both projects, as well as the proposed Coast Guard building. There will be the opportunity to have questions answered, and communications staff will be present to offer some tutoring on how to provide input through the new Engage Cobourg computer platform.

On Sept. 16, Councillor Aaron Burchat added, this software will see a launch of consultation on the new taxi-service-ride-sharing-Uber-Lyft bylaw – a comprehensive process leading to a staff report in November.

The initial stage of consultation involves a detailed survey for all involved – passengers, drivers, people with accessibility issues – on such matters as fares and seniors' rates.

A public meeting is planned at the draft-bylaw stage, Burchat continued. As far as any changes to be made, they hope to have that in place in January, just in time for license renewals.