ADVISORY COMMITTEES OF COUNCIL
Council is the primary decision-making boy of Berwick's local government. It is the only committee endowed with legislative authority. Council, however, also needs advisory committees to take the time needed to explore specific aspects of town business in greater depth. Advisory committees work on their assignments from Council. They direct staff to do data-gathering, research, analysis, so the committee can deliberate and make recommendations. Advisory committees do not themselves make "official" decisions, but they do offer valuable advice. The main purpose of advisory committees, therefore, is to help Council make well-informed decisions.
KEY ROLE OF CITIZEN REPRESENTATIVES ON ADVISORY COMMITTEES
All advisory committees are populated not only by elected councillors, but also citizen representatives. Citizen representatives are crucial in local government, adding diversity to the local mix of opinions, insights, and suggestions. These people are residents of the Town who volunteer their time to provide input on local affairs. Citizen representatives help to improve the Town's transparency an accountability. They ensure that the management of local affairs in underpinned by democratic values.
Only minutes that have been approved by Council and Committees of Council are posted. The approval of minutes takes place at the next meeting of Council and Committees of Council and there is therefore a one month delay for Council, Committee of the Whole and Planning Advisory Committee and Police Services Advisory Committee since these committees meet bi-monthly.
Copies of previous minutes not appearing on our web page can be obtained at the Town of Berwick Offices.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
The Committee of the Whole is a monthly meeting of Town Council and Town Staff Department Heads. Department Heads provide updates to Council, and discussion ensues. Often, recommendations are made at this meeting, which then become motions for the monthly Town Council meeting. Committee of the Whole meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month in Town Hall Chambers at 6:30pm.
AUDIT & ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
This Committee is responsible for dealing with personnel, finance and administrative issues for which the Clerk requires policy direction. The membership consists of the Mayor, three Councillors and the Town Clerk.
RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Town of Berwick has a Recreation Advisory Committee which reports directly to Council on matters pertaining to the delivery of recreation services in our Town. The areas discussed include but are not limited to:
- Recreation Programs and Activities
- Parks, Playgrounds, and Trails
- Recreation Facilities
- Open Spaces
- Other related matters referred to the Committee by Council, the Recreation Department, and citizens of the Town.
The Committee consists of eight members: three members of Council and five citizens of the Town and surrounding area. The Committee meets the third Tuesday evening of the month in October, December, February, April, and June, at 6:30pm in the Town Hall Chambers. If you have an interest or concern, please contact Taylor Fancey with the Recreation Department.
BERWICK AND AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
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POLICE SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Police Services Advisory Committee provides a forum for regular liaison and discussion between Town Council and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police concerning policing within the Town. The Committee provides input into the deployment and number of personnel; and support for the current community policing philosophy. The Committee provides assistance in coordinating policing services with the programs of other local agencies and community groups to ensure the most effective use of policing resources in the community. Most importantly, the Committee provides a forum for residents, taxpayers, business people, concerned citizens or groups to present their complaints, concerns, or requests to both Town Council and to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Committee is comprised of the Mayor, three (3) Councillors, and six (6) citizens to represent all facts of life in Berwick as best as possible. The Police Services Advisory Committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every 2nd month.
FIRE SERVICE COMMITTEE
The Fire Services Committee meets as issues, projects and budget decisions arise. For questions regarding this committee, please contact Dianne Ashton at (902) 538-4012 or by email.
JOINT OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE
The Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee meets as issues, projects and budget decisions arise. For questions regarding this committtee, please contact Katie Verrette at (902) 538-8068 or by email.
EMERGENCY MEASURES OPERATIONS COMMITTEE
The Emergency Management Operations Committee meets every 2 or 3 months, as required. For questions regarding this committee, please contact Chantal Pineo-Atwood at (902) 538-4006 or by email.
LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CITIZEN REPRESENTATIVE!
Are you interested in how the Town plans its subdivisions, and its future development? Would you like to participate in matters of Town policing? Do you want to contribute to the conversation about the Town's green energy initiatives? Please let us know and we will advise you when committee vacancies open up.
Email our Executive Coordinator for an application or call (902) 538 4006.