County council 'experiment' with new committee structure
Starting Sept. 10, Simcoe County councillors will no longer be divided
into separate standing committees, and will instead assemble as 32
members and sit in committee of the whole twice per month with
recommendations approved at subsquent council meetings.
The changeover is only a pilot project through to January 2014 when
councillors will discuss whether the "experiment" in governance should
continue permanently or return back to separate Human Services,
Corporate Services, and Performance Management committees.
"Switching to Committee of the Whole structure will provide councillors
an opportunity to be present for the same presentations, discussions,
and debates, thereby eliminating duplication and facilitating more
timely reporting and approvals for time sensitive matters," according a
press release announcing the new system. "It will also give members the
opportunity to acquire greater expertise in the various areas of the
Corporation's business, fostering engagement and unity. With two
meetings per month, this model also provides for timely decision-making
and better utilization of staff time, as days spent on agenda
compilation and meeting attendance will be reduced."