Wednesday, January 9, 2019
File Number: 
File #2019-01

PITT MEADOWS, BC – On January 8, 2019, Council hosted a Governance Roundtable to obtain additional feedback on the proposed new committee structure. Council has directed staff to prepare a report for the January 22, 2019 meeting outlining the next steps and a proposed implementation plan for the new committee structure, which includes consideration of all feedback. 

“Ensuring that all of the voices of our community are heard is a top priority for Council,” says Mayor Bill Dingwall. “The proposed structure is a great opportunity to enhance authentic engagement and build partnerships with the community.”

Under the current governance structure, committees, special interest groups and community members have limited opportunity to engage with Council outside of short question and answer periods prior to and at the close of meetings. 

The recommended new structure utilizes an oversight committee.  An oversight committee structure brings Council and the community together by facilitating two-way dialogue between councillors, staff, members of public or committee members. The new oversight committee will enhance and strengthen the flow of information between Council, staff and the community on pressing issues, policy matters and strategic visioning.  On January 22, Council will also consider the scope of their decision making authorities within the Terms of Reference for the new oversight committee. 

“Committees will have an opportunity to bring priority items before Council and the community in a more fulsome way and in a less traditional, formal and rigid Council setting,” says Mayor Dingwall. “This will form a critical part in the Council/community decision making, engagement and transparency.”  

To find out more about the new proposed committee structure, read the review, conducted by George Cuff and Associates and the December 11 staff presentation.  View the January 8 meeting video here

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For more information please contact:
Carolyn Baldridge, 
Manager of Communications & Community Engagement
City of Pitt Meadows
cbaldridge@pittmeadows.ca 
p. 604.460.6704

 

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