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City looking to improve committees

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City Coun. Kevin O’Toole brought forward a proposal Monday that city council direct administration to implement necessary changes to modernize the city’s approach to committees.

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The update was outlined by the overseeing review board in the most recent committee review framework and was suggested to be adopted prior to Oct. 1, 2020.

“We have a number of boards and committees that public members have been appointed to or requested to be on these boards and we’re just looking at a number of ways to accommodate the most efficient ways to run meetings,” said O’Toole.

The motion also suggested the possible dissolution of boards that had become redundant or were not current and up to date in standard practices.

“I’m looking forward to this process as it is something we talk a lot about as a council,” said Coun. Wade Pilat.

“One thing I’d still like to see us move forward with is the relaunch of the CKC (Community Knowledge Campus) advisory board with a mandated focus on receding user groups and put in strategic buying of user capitol credit for the facility.”

Current recommendations to council advised discontinuing the committee, as the last record of it having any formal standing was dated back to 2008.

Mayor Bill Given suggested for Pilat to direct administration to bring back the standing committee recommendations on an Eastlink Centre Advisory Committee.

“That way administration would have an opportunity to develop the details of that in terms of all the specifics and they could bring it back to us and we could see whether the (framework) meets your intent,” said Given.

“I just don’t want to see us lose this altogether,” Pilat replied.

“I think there’s an opportunity for the city to do something with this and I think if we put it through an advisory committee, I don’t know if we’re going to get the same results on specific users to that committee—so I wanted that to be specifically targeted to Eastlink users.”

Currently in the hands of city administration, a report has been requested to be brought back to council at a later date.

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