January 24, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Opportunities and challenges may require in-depth discussion that requires more time than allotted in a Regular Council meeting. The Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved a motion on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 directing staff to start the process of establishing a monthly Committee of the Whole meeting, with the standing agenda to be built based on Council’s Strategic Priorities.
“Committee of the Whole is a means for us to be able to have a discussion on a topic that we want to explore, without having to make a decision on it that day, as occurs when items come to Regular Council Meetings,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens. “Adding a meeting that is solely for discussion, deliberation and receiving input from residents, will help us advance Council’s priorities and ensure Council has had an opportunity to learn as much as possible about a topic before it advances to Council for a decision.”
A Committee of the Whole is intended to facilitate the decision-making process of Council. The Committee of the Whole is comprised of all members of Council who participate in debate and discussion, and, when necessary, forward recommendations to Council for final decision. Meetings are not considered formal Council meetings, and, as such, are structured as a less formal process. Expected agenda items for upcoming Committee of the Whole Agendas will include strategic deliberation on the municipal role in tourism, as well as attracting residents to Queens, or ways to meet the Region’s recreational needs.
“Not all items discussed in Committee of the Whole will be brought to an upcoming Council meeting. Some items will be to provide background that will enable us to understand other issues, and some items will require a few meetings to determine if there is enough information or a desire to warrant recommending that a motion occur at a Regular Council meeting,” said Dagley.
Committee of the Whole will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the Council Chamber of the Region of Queens Municipality, 249 White Point Road, Liverpool, NS. Agendas for Committee of the Whole will be posted on the Region of Queens Municipality’s website ( http://www.regionofqueens.com/council-governance/council-agendas-minutes-audio )the Friday prior to the meeting. Final minutes will be posted once approved by Council. Similar to Council meetings, an MP3 of the audio recording of a Committee of the Whole meeting will be posted on the Region of Queens website, generally within 24 hours of the meeting.