Coun­cil se­lects its com­mit­tee ap­pointees

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - LEN GILLIS

One of the roles of city coun­cil mem­bers is to sit on the var­i­ous com­mit­tees of coun­cil.

As part of the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing, one of the first du­ties of the new coun­cil will be vot­ing on which mem­bers get to sit on which com­mit­tees of coun­cil.

The new com­mit­tee mem­ber­ships will al­low in­di­vid­ual coun­cil mem­bers, es­pe­cially the newer ones, an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the in­ner work­ings at city hall.

One of the key com­mit­tees which do a lot of be­hind-thescenes work is the au­dit com­mit­tee. It will in­clude Mayor Ge­orge Pirie, sec­ond-term coun­cil­lor Joe Camp­bell and new coun­cil­lors Michelle Boileau and Kris­ten Mur­ray.

It is a low-pro­file com­mit­tee that meets and re­views the fi­nan­cial state­ments pro­duced by the au­di­tors hired by the city, said Camp­bell.

“They meet three times a year, prior to coun­cil pre­sent­ing the in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic,” Camp­bell ex­plained.

“It’s a com­mit­tee, but it’s not a com­mit­tee. It is a com­mit­tee in name that re­quires a lot of be­hind the scenes work.

“It doesn’t have that high pro­file. It’s ba­si­cally a re­view and you sign off on the state­ments prior to them be­ing pre­sented to coun­cil,” he added. “It gives the pub­lic as­sur­ance that an in­ter­nal re­view has been done and you’ve looked at what the au­di­tors have done and you’re happy with that.”

For the Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Area (BIA) com­mit­tee, city coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives are:

• Coun­cil­lors An­drew Marks and Michelle Boileau.

The rest of the BIA Com­mit­tee is made up of mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity. This in­cludes Amanda Dyer, Robert Crocco, Jamie Roach, Kyle Le­duc, Donna Dor­ring­ton-Black, Linda Pasi, Christina Ged­des, Er­ica Fos­ter, Michelle Goulet and Scott Arm­strong.

An­other key com­mit­tee is the Tim­mins Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (TEDC) com­mit­tee. The coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives are:

• Mayor Ge­orge Pirie and coun­cil­lors Joe Camp­bell and Kristin Mur­ray.

Sev­eral coun­cil­lors will serve on the Cochrane Dis­trict So­cial Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion Board (CDSSAB), which will also in­clude elected mu­nic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives from smaller com­mu­ni­ties across the dis­trict. The role of the CDSSAB is to look after such things as so­cial hous­ing, EMS am­bu­lance ser­vices and child wel­fare, among oth­ers.

The Tim­mins rep­re­sen­ta­tives will in­clude:

• Mayor Ge­orge Pirie and coun­cil­lors Kristin Mur­ray, Michelle Boileau, Joe Camp­bell, John Cur­ley, Mickey Auger and Noella Ri­naldo.

CDSSAB mem­bers from across the North have not yet been re­vealed.

City coun­cil mem­bers also sit on the man­age­ment board for the Golden Manor long-term care home. The city rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clude:

• Coun­cil­lors Joe Camp­bell, John Cur­ley, Mickey Auger and An­drew Marks.

An­other re­gional board, with mem­ber­ship from other North­ern com­mu­ni­ties is the Por­cu­pine Health Unit board.

Coun­cil mem­bers from Tim­mins will in­clude:

• Mayor Ge­orge Pirie and coun­cil­lors Mickey Auger, Rock Whissell and Kristin Mur­ray.

An­other higher pro­file or­ga­ni­za­tion is the Tim­mins Po­lice Ser­vices Board.

The coun­cil mem­bers in­clude:

• Mayor Ge­orge Pirie and Coun. Joe Camp­bell.

An­other board mem­ber will be cit­i­zen ap­pointee Rob Knox, a for­mer de­tach­ment com­man­der with the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice.

Coun­cil mem­bers also have in­put on the Mattagami Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity board which looks after many rivers, lakes, wet­lands and con­ver­sa­tion ar­eas within the Mattagami River wa­ter­shed.

This board in­cludes coun­cil­lors Rock Whissell, Noella Ri­naldo, Mickey Auger and An­drew Marks.

Cit­i­zen An­drea Griener was ap­pointed to sit as a pub­lic mem­ber of the MRCA board.

Coun­cil mem­bers also sit on the Tim­mins Pub­lic Li­brary Board.

They in­clude coun­cil­lors Michelle Boileau, Noella Ri­naldo and An­drew Marks.

The li­brary board also has sev­eral ap­pointed mem­bers, rep­re­sent­ing the pub­lic at large. This in­cludes Shan­non Arse­nault, Bar­bara Mort­son, Brian Marks, Veron­ica Far­rell, Claude Beaudin and Jes­sica Trudel.

The city also has a com­mit­tee that works on elim­i­nat­ing Vi­o­lence Against Women in the city.

Coun­cil mem­bers in­clude coun­cil­lors Kristin Mur­ray, Michelle Boileau and Noella Ri­naldo.

There was no in­di­ca­tion at the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing whether this city coun­cil will opt for what is known as “the com­mit­tee sys­tem” as op­posed to the com­mit­tee-of-the-whole sys­tem which has been in place for sev­eral terms of coun­cil.

In or­der to do that, the coun­cil would need to de­cide on such high pro­file com­mit­tees as fi­nance, pub­lic works and pro­tec­tion to per­sons and prop­erty. That was not done this week.

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