Work to gather opinions and thoughts on a proposed Business Improvement District model for Antigonish continues, and included open-house type sessions, with Town of Antigonish special projects co-ordinator Steve Scannell, during the week of Jan. 22 to 26.
“I would say, overall, it was a pretty productive week,” Scannell said about the meetings, which took place in the new home of the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, beside town hall, on Main Street.
Scannell noted while he was hoping to be a little busier as far as the numbers stopping by, those who did provided great perspectives.
“I would say quality over quantity,” he said. “The people who showed up were very interested, engaged and brought a lot of insight into the project.”
Scannell, talking to the Casket Jan. 30, said the BID proposal is now in the voting process.
“I’ll be preparing mail out for commercial property owners and business owners who have registered,” he said. “Sending out ballots to see if this is something the business community wants and, beyond that, we’ll be doing a little more – I’ve been calling it the road show – it’s going to different groups, venues, just to present on the idea so when people receive a ballot, they have a good idea about what this is all about … when they cast a ballot, it’s an informed vote.”
Scannell noted the BID will be the focus of an Antigonish Chamber of Commerce’s Business Connects event Feb. 14, and he’ll be presenting to the Municipality of the County of Antigonish this month as well, as additional information sessions.
He expects he’ll present what has been gathered during the information sessions to Antigonish Town council during their next monthly public meeting, Feb. 20.
“By the time it rolls around in February for town council, I’ll be providing an overview of everything we’ve heard and another status update about where we’re at,” he said.