Engaging the public in an open and transparent communication process leads not only to better decisions, it also creates public trust ensuring the community voice is synthesized with decision making. DTSC is committed to working with all stakeholders to build and maintain a process that gives a voice to all participants and allows the public access to information. Our goal is to create an open and ongoing dialogue with stakeholders that allows for the exchange of ideas, comments and questions. Many changes will involve using newer and faster communication tools such as social networking, e-mail alerts and video. While electronic tools vastly improve access to information, community meetings and face-to-face discussions will always be a cornerstone of DTSC’s community outreach efforts.
Community surveys allow DTSC to proactively seek public input into how we can better communicate and provide access to information. This information will help us revise the Exide Public Participation Plan, which will outline our strategy for community outreach. The survey, which will be circulated this year, will ask stakeholders for their preferred method of communication, the types of information they typically seek and the desired frequency of community interaction.
Fact sheets provide a quick summary of project activities, meeting schedules and upcoming opportunities for public involvement. Please see the Project Documents page of this website for a copy of Exide documents.
DTSC Community Meetings
Informal community meetings such as workshops and open houses, provide an excellent opportunity to share ideas and hear what stakeholders and community members are saying. DTSC holds community meetings to review technical information, plans and data from site investigations. These scheduled meetings are (typically) held in the evenings in convenient locations throughout the community. Everyone is invited to attend.
Public Comment, Meetings, and Hearings
Formal public meetings and hearings to receive public comment on proposed actions are held as required. These publicly opened forums will be announced via e-mail alerts, fact sheets, the Exide website and via public notices that are published in the local newspaper and distributed through the mail.
DTSC will continue to seek your input on additional means of public involvement.