New com­mit­tee struc­ture

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - – Steven War­bur­ton

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.

Com­mit­tee ap­point­ments

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.”

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment

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.

Strate­gic plan

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.

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