The abdication

Lots of interest in The King’s Speech. Anyone interested in the abdication closer to home?

Wolfville will soon have a new governance structure.

Town council has decided to change its model come January. Mayor Bob Stead says council acted on a report prepared by chief administrative officer Roy Brideau, outlining the rationale for a new model, and several options.

Council will dispense with a committee structure for input on planning, economic development and recreation and parks. One volunteer committee of nine members will be set up to advise council on those issues. … Councilor Bill Zimmerman won the vote Dec. 20 to take over chairmanship of the new committee. [Wendy might have mentioned in her report that the ballot was secret, but she didn’t. We thought the MGA didn’t allow for secret decisions by Council. How is this different from an in camera meeting?] Councillor Hugh Simpson will be the second councillor. Committee members will include Rosemary Segado, Jim Morgenstern, Mercedes Brian, Paul Cabilio, Alan Howell and Andy Nette. …According to Brideau, much of the town’s success [Success? Success? What do they call failure?] over the past five years has been accomplished through the use of task forces, working groups and moving roles from committees to staff

Heaven help us.

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2 responses to “The abdication

  1. I wonder whose acolyte do you have to be to get on one of these committees?

    • much of the town’s success over the past five years has been accomplished through the use of task forces, working groups and moving roles from committees to staff
      Who needs committees at all when they have task forces and working groups which (because they aren’t mentioned in the MGA) seem to be immune from public scrutiny. They can meet in camera for example. And of course staff work without public scrutiny also.

      Beginning to think since Council doesn’t want to manage – why do we need councillors and a mayor at all?