Town to chop two committees

Duane Hicks

Town council is getting rid of both the Children’s Complex and Recreation Advisory committees due to lack of public interest.
In a report from Community Services manager George Bell received by council Monday night, he noted town clerk Glenn Treftlin recently had completed another round of advertising for vacant committee appointments to a variety of advisory committees.
But the town did not receive any applications for these two committees, “that either have no members or very few,” said Bell.
“Both these committee have been non-functional for years and it is the recommendation of the Community Services executive committee that the Recreation Advisory Committee and Children’s Complex Advisory Committee be disbanded.”
Coun. Ken Perry said he was dissatisfied with the fact no citizens came forward to join the committees.
“It’s just a concern,” he remarked. “There’s nothing we can do about it but to be forced to dissolve two advisory committees at a time when we’re looking for openness and transparency in municipal and provincial and federal government. . . .
“Committees are a way of keeping openness and transparency, and we’ve got to shut down two committees because the public is not interested enough to come forward and serve on the committees,” Coun. Perry added.
“It’s a shame.”
Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft noted that during his time on the Community Services executive committee, it utilized the Recreation Advisory Committee almost as an ad hoc committee.
“When we needed something done, we kind of called on them,” he recalled.
“They never had a permanent function, they never really existed with any mandate,” he noted, adding that if council needed a Recreation Advisory Committee, it could establish one on an ad hoc basis.
Coun. Andrew Hallikas agreed that either committee could be brought back in future if need be.
He pointed out the Children’s Complex Advisory Committee recently has had only two members while the Recreation Advisory Committee has had none—and no one new expressed interest in joining either.
Council agreed to terminate both committees, and directed that a bylaw be prepared to do so properly.