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More meetings, council urged
Members of Qualicum Beach council aren’t the only ones eager to get to work. Members of their committees also want to roll up their sleeves.
A decision to put the appointment of councillors on hold until March isn’t helping them do that, said one member of the recreation and parks commission. Speaking at the Jan. 11 council open house meeting, commission member Frank Horner said the move is causing some concern with his group.
“When the e-mail first came in to the recreation and parks commission, there was a rumbling of almost revolt,” Horner said.
“We are already stuck with a meeting schedule of once every two months. By banning the January meeting, we’re looking at several months since we had a meeting. That’s no way to run a ship.”
Mayor Teunis Westbroek noted that council voted at their inaugural meeting to defer the appointments of councillors to the various town committees until the Feb.13 council meeting, but stressed an upcoming strategic planning session this week should clear things up.
Councillor Scott Tanner noted the Regional District of Nanaimo’s District 69 Recreation Commission is in the same boat, with no meetings until February, while the various RDN appointments are made.
The recreation and parks commission used to meet every month, but in an attempt to save staff workload, a plan was launched to have the commission meet on a quarterly basis. Meeting once every two months was a compromise.