JAMES QUESTIONS EC DEV INVOLVEMENT
Ward 12 Coun. Gord James questioned economic development's involvement with the Coboconk Norland and Area and Omemee Business Committees of council at the Tuesday, June 11 meeting.
He wanted to know why city staff was working with the groups when there is Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) money available.
Director Lance Sherk was confused as to why economic development's role was being questioned. He said they had been approached by the community to work with them and it was about bringing businesses together. He noted they were committees of council. He said they had been brought to a point where they had identified the type of organization they wanted to now become. Sherk said they would remain involved until the committees were incorporated as chambers of commerce.
Ward 2 Coun. Emmett Yeo defended the process, saying staff had brought them to the verge of picking a name for a new Coboconk Norland and Area chamber of commerce.
Mayor Ric McGee lauded Yeo's involvement and said it was "probably one of the better programs we're ever done."