Council revitalises its Advisory Committees via more meetings and better space

NEWS RELEASE

Penticton City Council’s commitment to informed decision making through opportunities for public participation and feedback will be further embraced in 2020 by increasing the number of committee meetings scheduled each year while improving the space where meetings are held.

“With 100 Advisory Committee meetings slated for 2020, compared to 24 City Council meetings, questions around where those meetings are best located led staff to explore solutions that could benefit everyone,” said Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki.  “Whether it’s through the City’s established engagement program or by creating increased space and frequency for committees to gather and do their work, Council highly values the advice committee members and public provide.”

New for 2020, City committees will meet in the Council Chamber using a specially organized meeting configuration that supports members in working together, all within a space that is welcoming to residents wishing to attend.

“The City’s Council Chamber is a natural gathering space that lends itself well to a variety of meeting formats, including committees,” said the City of Penticton’s Corporate Officer, Angie Collison.  “Access to and from the Chamber is also more inviting and convenient, particularly for individuals watching from the gallery.”

The City’s Advisory Committees contain a membership drawn from a wide cross section of the community and often includes representatives from local agencies, knowledgeable and experienced experts, one or more City Council liaises and staff for operational support.  Currently there are eight committees focusing on: 

  • Agriculture
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Penticton and Ellis Creek Restoration
  • Economic Prosperity and Development Services
  • Arts, Creative and Cultural Innovation
  • Heritage and Museum
  • Community Sustainability
  • Safety and Security

For more information on the City’s committees, including their purpose, agendas, meeting dates or how to be appointed, please visit www.penticton.ca

 

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Contacts:

Angie Collison
Corporate Officer
City of Penticton
250-490-2410

Philip Cooper
Communication Manager
City of Penticton
250-490-2583