FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Windsor – West Hants (April 16, 2019) – At its April 15th meeting, the Co-ordinating Committee voted to have a mayor, elected at large, and eleven councillors representing the new Regional Municipality. The vote took place after the Governance Review presentation to the Co-ordinating Committee by John Heseltine of Stantec Consulting Ltd.
The Governance Review was conducted in two phases, the first to determine council size and the second to define boundary and polling districts. The decision aligns with input received from residents through community consultation meetings and online and paper surveys along with interview contributions from the councillors and CAO’s of the Municipality of the District of West Hants and the Town of Windsor. The Co-ordinating Committee’s application to the Utility and Review Board for approval of the decision is scheduled to be heard in June 2019.
Co-ordinator Kevin Latimer acknowledged the leadership and thoughtful deliberations of the Committee, Councils, CAO’s and staff in reaching a final decision. He stated that, “a good decision had been reached, one that has been informed by good public engagement and feedback from the entire region and places the best interest of the new Regional Municipality front and center.”
The Co-ordinating Committee also heard from Robert Johnston who will be conducting the search for the new CAO for the new Regional Municipality. The national search will take place over the next eight to ten weeks and will include stakeholder engagement to ensure that the best possible candidates are brought forth for consideration by the Co-ordinating Committee. It is expected that a final offer will be made to the successful candidate in June.
The Co-ordinating Committee approved amendments to its Terms of Reference to ensure that the document remains current, reflects the practices of the Committee and to ensure transparency. The amendments enable the Co-ordinator to enter contracts on behalf of the Committee, acknowledge the new project administrator position, confirm that in-camera minutes are kept and recorded on a private and confidential basis and that approved meeting minutes and agendas are posted to StrongerRegion.ca as soon as possible for information purposes.
The next meeting of the Co-ordinating Committee takes place on May 6 at 6p.m. in the Town of Windsor Chambers.
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