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Our Rutland likes market

With a little more than three days left to make your opinion count it appears Rutland residents like the idea of constructing a Public Market Space in the community.

It's part of the 'Our Rutland' campaign in which City Hall has earmarked $100,000 from the 2014 budget to go towards one specific project within the Rutland community.

After a public consultation process the top five ideas were brought forward to an open house and are also available for viewing and voting online.

The five choices (with current vote total) are:

  • Aurora Park Enhancements - 33 votes
  • Community Mural Program - 14 votes
  • Fitness/Urban Movement Park - 72 votes
  • Public Market Space - 82 votes
  • Roxby Park Enhancements - 44 votes

People can vote for their two favourite projects as part of the online poll.

Voting ends at midnight Sunday, March 23.

A poll conducted recently by Castanet shows similar results. The Public Market Space was favoured by 80 per cent of the 804 people who took the survey while the Fitness/Urban Movement Park garnered 12.4 per cent support.

Once all the votes are tabulated a feasibility analysis will be undertaken to determine detailed costs and ensure the project is within scope. The results will then be presented to City Council.

Kari O'Rourke, the city's community engagement consultant, says initial reviews were conducted for all five finalists to ensure they were feasible.

O'Rourke says the public market does come with one catch.

"The public market idea, while it's a great idea, does require a partner to do the operation of the market. That's one of the risks  attached with that one.

It could come out as the most favoured but if we don't have an operator it can't move ahead."

To date nearly 140 people have used the online engagement process.

O'Rourke says she would like to see about 250 people take the online poll before voting closes Sunday.

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