Coaldale Town Council to Host Its First Quarterly Coffee of the Year

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Quarterly Coffees are meant to facilitate face-to-face conversations and build stronger relationships between members of Council, Town staff, and Town residents.

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In keeping with its commitment to conduct deliberate and meaningful two-way engagement with Town residents, Coaldale Town Council will host its first Quarterly Coffee of the year from 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday, January 21, in the atrium of the recently completed Civic Square Building.

Last spring, Council adopted a brand-new communications and engagement strategy that lays out a framework for achieving transparent, timely, and meaningful two-way communication and engagement with the community. As part of that strategy, Council will begin hosting Quarterly Coffees to provide residents an opportunity to dialogue with members of Council, along with Town staff, directly. Each quarter, members of Council, along with a representative from a featured Town department, will set up in the atrium of the Town’s new Civic Square Building to chat with Town residents about select issues related to that department.

“As a Council, we’re committed to engaging the public in a proactive way”, said Town of Coaldale Mayor Jack Van Rijn. “This is why, in addition to conducting an annual citizen satisfaction survey and hosting an annual Town of Coaldale open house, we’re also going to start hosting quarterly coffee events. It’s not enough to wait for Town residents to come to us with input,” explained Van Rijn. “We also need to go to them - and on a regular basis. Doing that kind of engagement helps keep us accountable while at the same time keeping our residents involved in the decision-making process.”

Council’s first Quarterly Coffee will feature Financial and Corporate Services and offer Town residents an opportunity to discuss the Town's recently approved 2023 Operational and 2023-2027 Capital budgets. Subsequent Quarterly Coffees will feature Operational Services, Community Services, and Administrative Services, and will provide residents an opportunity to discuss things like snow removal and street sweeping, Summer Fest, and Council’s strategic plans, respectively.

Future Quarterly Coffees are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

• March 25, 2023 (Operational Services)
• May 27, 2023 (Community Services)
• September 23, 2023 (Administrative Services)