by Tristan Turner
Council has engaged Edmonton consulting firm Nichols Applied Management to conduct an Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency Review for the Town of Morinville and the services it offers. The review was budgeted at $100,000 in the 2014 Budget, passed last spring. It is expected the review will take the next four months to complete.
In a release issued Friday, Mayor Lisa Holmes said Council sees the organizational review as an “important step to effectively plan for Morinville’s future” and that all of Council is “wholeheartedly” behind the review. In the same release, Chief Administrative Officer Debbie Oyarzun said she believed the organizational review “will provide an opportunity to identify ways to be innovative and improve the delivery of quality public services, and the provision of facilities and infrastructure in Morinville.”
Interviewed later in the day, Mayor Holmes described the Council-led endeavour as going through and evaluating service levels by taking every single program or service that the Town of Morinville provides to residents and businesses, and evaluating it. “Is it what we need? Is it effective use of our time? Is it an efficient use of staff? Is it using our resources correctly?” she said. “We’re going to evaluate everything.”
However, Mayor Holmes was quick to clarify that the evaluation doesn’t necessarily mean a list of programs or services that will be cut however. “We’re not really sure at this point [if programs/services will be cut], we’re keeping it open and everything is on the table, but we’re not expecting that we’re going to receive a list back of things that we need to cut. We’re going to receive ideas of how we can be more efficient. It’s going to be things like policies that were missing, and gaps in how we’re operating certain procedures and policies that we have in place,” Holmes said, adding the Town’s snow removal program could be one area that the organizational review could look at for efficiencies.
While the initiative is Council led, Holmes said there would be some public consultation through the process. However, no official plans have been made for open houses or other public events as of yet.
The mayor also explained that updates will provided to Council throughout the next few months on the review already in progress. She said residents would be given access to this information in press releases and through Town social media channels.