Coun­cil pon­ders en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee re­vival

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

South Glen­garry coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing the res­ur­rec­tion of its de­funct en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, which was dis­solved eight years ago.

The com­mit­tee’s pri­mary pro­po­nent, Coun­cil­lor Joyce Grav­elle re­lated at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing she’d heard feed­back from cit­i­zens who would be in­ter­ested in form­ing such a body. “I think we (coun­cil) have talked about it... so how do we make that hap­pen?” asked Coun. Grav­elle.

Coun­cil sup­ports the sug­ges­tion, how­ever, there was some con­cern that a new com­mit­tee’s man­date would over­lap that of the cur­rent land­fill ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

The pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion of the town­ship’s en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee was dis­banded in 2007, with its man­date be­ing adopted by the land­fill group.

Gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices Ewen Mac­Don­ald re­lated the man­date in­cluded “pro­mot­ing the aware­ness and im­por­tance of main­tain­ing a clean en­vi­ron­ment... sup­port the col­lec­tion of haz­ardous waste prod­ucts, pro­mote re­cy­cling, reusing and com­post­ing, and en­cour­age re­duc­ing and reusing con­sumer prod­ucts,” and “car­ry­ing out the re­quire­ments un­der the cer­tifi­cate of ap­proval for the land­fill sites in an ef­fort to con­serve” those sites.

Coun­cil agreed that the last point of ref­er­ence should not be in­cluded in a new en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee’s man­date since that com­po­nent was al­ready un­der the care of the land­fill com­mit­tee.

Mayor Ian McLeod said that pro­vid­ing a new en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tee with a spe­cific man- date was key to avoid­ing is­sues that con­trib­uted to the dis­so­lu­tion of the for­mer group.

“The en­vi­ron­ment cov­ers ev­ery­thing from A to Z,” said the mayor. “What hap­pened be­fore is that the com­mit­tee was go­ing in all dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. You have to keep the man­date fairly con­cise, as to what the ex­pec­ta­tions are.”

Coun­cil au­tho­rized town­ship CAO Bryan Brown and staff to look into the pro­posal, with the in­put of coun­cil and res­i­dents, and to re­port back next month.

Mr. Brown re­it­er­ated the mayor’s stance re­gard­ing clar­ity. “Gen­er­ally, a com­mit­tee is cre­ated for a spe­cific pur­pose, of some kind,” he said. “If you don’t give its mem­bers a spe­cific di­rec­tions, or pa­ram­e­ters to fol­low, it’s pretty hard to crit­i­cize them af­ter the fact. They need to know what you want them to be look­ing at.”

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