RM of Victoria Beach looks to change Organizational By-Law

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Roger Bouvier (lower right) addresses council regarding changes to their organizational by-law.

Roger Bouvier was in attendance at the Tuesday, April 17 meeting of the RM of Victoria Beach, as a consultant having been retained by them to revise their Organizational By-Law. While he did state that it was a little unusual to be doing this at the end of a term (as most councils review it after an election) he did present them with a draft. Council gave first reading and Bouvier was instructed to present the revised By-law at their next council meeting for second and third reading.

What is being proposed in effect is doing away with all of the committees presently in place who report to the Committee Chairs, i.e, the Councillors who then present to council. This change would make the CAO solely responsible for all committee responsibilities as well as being responsible for hiring and firing of staff. Bouvier explained that council is there to set policy, which is what is done in most municipalities. They are not there to interfere in the day to day operations of the municipality.

Councillor McMorris requested that it be tabled as she felt it required more study but it was not and they voted in favour except for her. Victoria Beach had been known for their very hands-on approach to municipal affairs.