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City of Moncton to host “Municipal Café”

Municipal Café web banner 2016 

February 19, 2016

MONCTON – How many hours per week must a city councilor dedicate to her/his role? What are the expectations in terms of attendance at official meetings and community engagements, of required reading and of decision-making? What is needed to submit a candidacy with Elections NB? What are the responsibilities of a municipality in delivery of services to citizens? Residents can find the answers to these questions and many more at the “Municipal Café”, an open-house event, on Thursday, February 25th, from 3:30-7 p.m. at City Hall (snow date is Tuesday, March 1st). 

“The purpose of the Municipal Café is to share key organizational and electoral information, hopefully to increase voter turnout for the upcoming election, to provide information to those who may want to run City Council, or for those who just want to know more about their municipality,” explained Barbara Quigley, Moncton’s City Clerk. “We encourage our residents to drop in to find out, for example, what members of Council do as elected representatives, the time commitment required, how committees, boards and commissions provide input, as well as the general workings of City Hall.”

During the event, members of the Enhancing Democracy committee will be seeking input from the community on proposed recommendations that will be submitted to City Council, based on four key themes: Municipal Education, Citizen Engagement, Accountability and Transparency, as well as Eliminating Barriers.

Elections NB representatives will be on hand to advise potential candidates on the electoral process, including positions to fill on Municipal Councils, District Education Councils or the Regional Health Authorities. The City of Moncton “booths” will provide attendees with details on various services, committees of Council, and the procedures regarding Council meetings, among others.

Residents have become increasingly engaged in various municipal initiatives, and the Municipal Café is an opportunity to see how programs or services tie into one another in order to ensure quality of life for all citizens. However, despite the fact that municipal government offers many of the day-to-day services that affect people the most, such as drinking water, recreational facilities, garbage collection, events, public safety (fire and police) and snow removal, voter turnout is typically quite low (Moncton: 33.04 % in May 2012, compared to 35.4 % in May 2008).

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Media Contacts:

Nicole O. Melanson
Communications, City of Moncton
506-383-6214/ nicole.melanson@moncton.ca 

Paul Harpelle
Communications, Elections NB
506-453-2218 / Paul.Harpelle@gnb.ca