New committee structure
North Glengarry council has adopted a Committee of the Whole structure, which will kick off in the new year.
As it stands now, the township has a number of committees that meet several times throughout the year. The township’s CAO, Sarah Huskinson, says that a Committee of the Whole would “consolidate many of the current committees and save time for both Staff and Council.”
The Committee of the Whole would meet one day a month during the day. It would include the Finance Committee, Recreation Committee, Fire Committee, Public Works Committee, and the Planning Committee. Other committees like Arts, Culture and Heritage and the Committee of Adjustment would remain separate.
“These meetings could run three hours but it’s where we can have fruitful discussion,” commented Mayor Jamie MacDonald.
Township staff will prepare a ratifying bylaw that will officially establish a Committee of the Whole. It will be presented at a council meeting sometime in early 2019.
North Glengarry council took some time at its Dec. 10 meeting to appoint members to various committees.
Mayor Jamie MacDonald and Councillor Jacques Massie will be council’s representatives on the Glengarry Archives Board while Johanne Wensink will be council’s lone representative on the Maxville Manor Board.
Deputy-Mayor Carma Williams will sit as council’s representative on the Glengarry Pioneer Museum Board while Councillor Michel Depratto will happily return as the representative for the Raisin Region Conservation Authority.
“I have been on that board for four years and they have helped us clean up [Mill Pond,]” he said. “I like to keep working with them.”
Council would also like to establish a community engagement committee so that there will be a forum to discuss issues that pop up in the area. Councillor Jeff Manley said he’d like to sit on such a committee because he believes school closures will be an issue again and this committee would be a great place to discuss that. Nothing was passed at the meeting, though there will likely be some discussion about it later.
North Glengarry hopes to finalize and adopt a new strategic plan by spring of 2019.
It will get the ball rolling in January when it hires a facilitator for community consultations. In February, it will hold staff and council vision sessions before proceeding to public consultations in the late winter. By March, it should have enough information to draft a plan.