Elected officials and town staff will be meeting twice this afternoon for two standing committee meetings.
Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda, watch CollingwoodToday.ca for follow up articles on each of these issues.
First up this afternoon is the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee meeting, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at the town hall council chambers. Here’s what’s on the agenda:
There are six staff reports/presentation slated for the meeting.
The first is an accommodation review update, which are typically done to assess the state infrastructure and its level of use. These are common for schools that have declining enrollment and operate with fewer students than they are intended for. There’s no detail on the agenda about what town infrastructure is included in the review.
The next presentation is an information technology assessment report. The notes included on the agenda imply there will be a request from the towns’ IT department for more finances to cover the rest of the year’s costs related to email migration and infiltration testing.
Thirdly, will be a presentation by the fire department on the updated fire protection services master plan, which will include a list of expenses that could be required in the next few years. Those would be referred to the town’s budget deliberations next year.
Speaking of capital, the fourth presentation is on the town’s five-year capital plan. This presentation by town staff will include recommendations and will also be information for the 2019 budget deliberations.
Accountability and transparency are the subjects of the fifth presentation. This report includes a list of accountability measures put in place since a vote from council in 2016 and includes further recommendations for more accountability measures in the future.
Finally, the sixth presentation is related to a motion by Councillor Bob Madigan at the last council meeting to limit council’s communication with the public and media regarding the judicial inquiry. The standing committee does have a staff recommendation to vote on, which suggests council redirect questions related to the inquiry “or other high-profile matters” be referred to the CAO.
Here’s what’s on the agenda for tonight’s Corporate and Community Standing Committee, which starts at 5 p.m. in the town hall council chambers.
First look at designs for Gathering Circle project:
Cal Brook of Brook McIlroy will be delivering a presentation on the design of the Gathering Circle project, which will be built on the waterfront.
The gathering circle is part of the waterfront master plan. Earlier this year council approved a budget of $600,000 for the project and gave staff oversee the building of the structure to meet tight timelines. The fast-track is due to an offer from the United Steelworkers Union to assist with construction of the space. The union is having a district convention in September 2018.
Watch CollingwoodToday for more on the Gathering Circle following the presentation by Brook McIlroy.
Martin Rydlo, director of marketing and business development for Collingwood and Robert Wong of The Resource Management Consultant Group will be delivering the results of the annual Your Collingwood Business Counts survey.