by Tristan Turner
In a unanimous decision, Council has approved the new terms of reference for a new Council committee responsible for reviewing Town Bylaws and legislation.
The new Bylaw and Policy Review Committee was created to allow Council to spend time reviewing and making recommendations on bylaws and other pending legislation to be ultimately passed by Council.
Council had only a couple of changes to the terms of reference before passing it unanimously.
Councillor Nicole Boutestein made a motion to have the chair of the committee be the Deputy Mayor instead of the past Deputy Mayor as proposed. Boutestein felt the chair should be consistent with other committees. That motion was defeated 5-2 with Boutestein and Turner voting in favour. Following that, Councillor Brennan Fitzgerald put forth a motion, which passed 6-1, with Councillor Boutestein voting against, which says the committee picks the chair from Council.
Councillor Stephen Dafoe put forth a motion to make the meetings of the committee public. Dafoe’s motion passed 6-0.
The first meeting of the new committee will be sometime in the fall, with meetings starting at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month.