City community engagement?

The city of Cornwall will be hosting a com- munity engagement session on Wednes- day, May 29 to seek input from the public on priorities for the city. “We are embarking on an important stra- tegic planning exercise, and input from the public is a key part of this exercise,” said Norm Levac, chief administrative officer. “I would encourage residents to join us at this session and provide input on their concerns and priorities for the city.” The session will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Salon B of the Cornwall Civic Com- plex, and all residents and community stakeholders are invited to attend and par- ticipate. It will be a roundtable session, and scribes will be on hand at each table to col- lect input from community members on what should be included in the city’s new strategic plan. For those who wish to participate but are unable to attend the live session, there will be a survey available online at the city web-

site and in hard copy at various City build- ings. The completed surveys, along with the data collected at the community engage- ment session, will be compiled and submit- ted to the city of Cornwall to be used in its strategic planning exercise. Additional in- formation on the survey will be announced shortly. In addition to the public input compo- nent, the strategic planning exercise will also consist of an internal survey of city em- ployees and two strategic planning sessions with city council on Saturday, June 1 and Thursday, June 6. A final report is expected to be completed by Friday, June 14 and pre- sented to council at its regular meeting of Monday, June 24. The strategic planning exercise is being led by the St. Lawrence College Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement office, which delivers professional devel- opment and consulting services to a wide range of private and public sector clients. RE/MAX CORNWALL REALTY INC.

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Shelved Lookout Point plan may be back on the table Former waterfront develolpment committee member Bill Beattie, right, explains the historical significance of Pointe Maligne to committee members Thursday evening as Chair Lee Cassidy, and city planner Stephen Alexander look on.

City planner Stephan Alexander had al- ready begun work on the plan in early 2010, and a contract for initial Lookout Point work was awarded in October 2010 by city council to MMM Group Limited to provide three design concepts to bring to the “pub- lic, stakeholders and waterfront committee meetings”, according to waterfront commit- tee minutes from Nov. 25, 2010. But the new waterfront committee – re- constituted in line with the new term of council -- began distancing itself from the development shortly after the new council began its new term in December 2011. At a Jan. 13, 2011 meeting, Roy Perkins moved a motion, seconded by Guy Menard, “that the Waterfront Committee delay any further discussions on Park and Landscape Design for Lookout Point/Pointe Maligne” until a special committee meeting one week later. The Lookout Point plan was scrapped by the waterfront committee in June 2011, de- spite the fact the committee had already spent money developing a proposal for the site and that it had received approval from Cornwall city council. At the Jan. 20 special meeting, Eric Lang moved a motion seconded by Councillor Denis Thibault, that the committee defer consultations on the proposal “until they have taken the time to look at other op- tions such as development of areas along the park with the intent to have a balance of commercial and parkland.” At a meeting of the waterfront committee on June 16, 2011, Perkins moved a motion seconded by Menard that “administration write a report to city council to advise that the waterfront committee does not wish to take any further action on the Request for Proposal # 10-R for Park Design for ‘Lookout Pointe/Pointe Maligne’ and wishes to close the file for the time being.”


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After striking out with a contentious con- do plan and a beach inlet for Lamoureux Park, a project shelved by the city’s Water- front Development Committee two years ago is back on the radar. The committee is once again considering a proposal to convert Lookout Point, also known as Point Maligne, adjacent to the ball fields east of Marina 200, into a local tourist attraction. Former waterfront committee member Bill Beattie made a lengthy presentation about the historical significance of the point to waterfront committee members Thursday evening. The previous waterfront committee had been working on turning the point into a historic tourist attraction, but that plan was scrapped by the new committee in early 2011 to pursue a plan for condos next to the Cornwall Civic Complex in Lamoureux Park. Beattie told the committee the point has important historical significance because it was the first meeting point between Sir John Johnson, who wanted to survey the area to eventually become Cornwall, and First Nations peoples. “Pointe Maligne has a line of site un- equalled in any other area of the Cornwall waterfront,” said Beattie, adding it should be developed “but not necessarily to be planned as you might envision it to be.” Committee chair Lee Cassidy said the pre- sentation revealed to committee members “a good idea of how important this little piece of land is.” She added that “maybe some development of some historical” sig- nificance can take place at the site.

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