Council announces 2013 appointments

Williams Lake city council announces 2013 appointments

The 2013 council appointments were adopted at council’s regular meeting Dec. 4.

Mayor Kerry Cook will continue as a Cariboo Regional District director, Councillor Sue Zacharias is the alternate.

Councillors Danica Hughes, Laurie Walters and Surinderpal Rathor are on the community service committee.

Councillors Zacharias, Geoff Bourdon and Hughes are on the general governance committee.

Mayor Cook, Councillors Ivan Bonnell and Zacharias are on the executive committee.

Councillors Bonnell, Bourdon and Walters are on the finance committee.

And councillors Bonnell, Rathor and Zacharias are on the planning and operations committee.

Before the approval, Cook said the committees will be “true working committees,” which is different than what was done in the past.

Council has aligned the committee structure to the city’s official community plan, its Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Framework, and council’s own strategic plan.

“We’re not having chairs for each committee, but we’re having champions for each item. As each item comes before council, we will make a recommendation to do some work on it as a committee at that point council will appoint a champion,” Cook said, adding the hope is that all members of council can rise up in leadership.

“I’m encouraging participation from all members to allow individual council members dig their teeth and get really involved in specific items.”

Cook said the move will provide more flexibility.

“It’s definitely changing things and I’m looking forward to seeing how this works for 2013.”

Coun. Geoff Bourdon responded he was still on the fence about not having chairs for committees, but he’ll have to see how it unfolds.

“Chairs make sure committee meetings are structured and an agenda is followed,” Bourdon said.

Responding Cook said there have not been many committee meetings so far, and she would expect that most committee meetings would be dealing with one agenda item.

“The champion would chair that particular meeting and if there were a case of two items, I’m sure the champions would figure that out,” she said.

Council would pick the champions for each item, she added.