Mar 24, 2017

Community Connections

The City of Parksville is committed to improving communications with residents and businesses. Your input is important to us and we look forward to hearing from you. The many ways you can communicate and stay connected with the City are listed here. Please contact the Communications Department should you have questions or suggestions to improve the City's two-way communications.

Advertisements
In the form of advertisements, the City regularly publishes public notices and information important to residents. Copies of these advertisements are provided on the website.

City Hall
Everyone has an opportunity to phone or come to City Hall with a question or concern.

City News Page
It's Your City is published in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News on the second Tuesday of each month. Copies of the pages The information is also available here http://www.parksville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=294

City Publications
The City's website provides access to such documents as annual reports, Official Community Plan, community profile and welcome guide.

Coffee with Council
Parksville Council regularly hosts Coffee with Council on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm at Parksville City Hall. Coffee with Council has been a successful program since first started in January 2009. No appointment is necessary; residents are encouraged to drop by for an informal chat with members of Council. Sessions provide residents with a comfortable and informal forum in which to meet elected officials and discuss any item of interest. Council is appreciative of this opportunity to engage with residents and hear their concerns, comments and suggestions. Please check the website to confirm these dates.

Council Meetings
Meeting schedules, agendas, reports and minutes are made available on the City's website. We encourage residents to attend Council and Committee of the Whole meetings.

Council Meeting Highlights
Highlights briefly describe items of interest to the public and are a brief summary of meetings of Council.

Delegations
You may appear as a delegation at a Council meeting. Please contact Amanda Weeks, Deputy Corporate Officer, to book a date for your delegation.

Events Calendar
Events in our community are listed on the website as supplied by the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association.

Feedback Form
We encourage you to provide your comments, feedback or suggestions on a City-related topic (Feedback Form).

Mailings
The City mails to residents and businesses three times per year.

Meetings with Mayor Marc Lefebvre
Mayor Lefebvre is committed to an open and responsive local government and it is his aim to create an inclusive and welcoming environment at City Hall. Public consultation is encouraged, as well as individual meetings with the Mayor. Parksville Council participates in Coffee with Council on Thursday afternoons however, members of the public are also welcome to meet with Mayor Lefebvre at City Hall to discuss concerns, issues or suggestions. To book an appointment, please contact the executive assistant at 250 954-3070.

News Releases
The City issues news releases on a regular basis and includes the latest news or announcements about the City. Releases are archived on the City's website. Residents will also find background information about specific items or issues.

Public Hearings, Open Houses and Workshops
This is your opportunity to be part of planning for City initiatives. We encourage you to attend and provide your input. Public hearings, open houses and workshops are advertised in local newspapers and on the website.

Public Input at Council Meetings
There are opportunities for you to comment at a Council or Committee of the Whole meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, the Mayor may ask for questions or comments from the public related to subjects on the agenda. A maximum of ten minutes will be allocated with two minutes per speaker.

Public Notices and Construction Advisories
Here you will find up to date information on construction activities around the City as well as notices about programs and initiatives affecting residents.

Social Media
We encourage residents to follow the City on Twitter and “like” the City’s Facebook page. Information is posted regularly to these sites.
     Facebook:      facebook.com/cityparksville
     Pinterest:       pinterest.com/cityparksville
     Twitter:          twitter.com/city_parksville

Surveys
The City regularly conducts resident satisfaction surveys. The most recent surveys were completed in July 2010 and January 2012. Additional surveys may be found in the OCP section of the website.

Updates
If you would like to receive news releases delivered directly to your inbox, please send a note to communications@parksville.ca

Web Streaming of Council Meetings
Starting in October 2012, the City provides live web streaming of meetings of Council held in the Forum. Residents have the opportunity to view a live web broadcast of Council meetings from the comfort of your own home. Archived videos of the meetings are posted to the website within two days of the meeting or sooner if possible. The video is linked to the meeting agenda which provides residents with the opportunity to refer to a discussion in a previous meeting.

What's New
This is a good page to refer to on an ongoing basis. New information added to the City's website is first noted here. Information may be added to this section of the website in the form of news release or background information to a subject or issue.

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