Tuesday March 19: Simcoe County Council considers governance review
AWARE News Network
Simcoe County Council holds a special meeting next week, to consider the governance review launched by the Ontario government.
Here is the agenda. Note listed correspondence for useful background on communications between the province and the county.
Location: Vespra Valley Golf Course 2964 Wilson Drive, Minesing
AWARE Simcoe has received an invitation to provide comment on the review, with a deadline of April 23. We’re interested in hearing from our members, supporters and the public with regard to your ideas on the best way for a second-tier government to work and how you feel you can best be served by your county representative(s).
This is important: Simcoe County is a geographically vast municipality and politicians are there to represent our concerns, in a way that staff is not. Will fewer councillors mean that more staff must be hired, at a higher cost, to perform that gateway function? Will staff be responsive to our concerns or should we worry about unreturned calls and bureaucratic doublespeak? Do we want county council to consist of mayors and / or deputy mayors, or do we want regional councillors elected from each municipality? Should the warden be elected at large or by other councillors, as is the present practice? What are the appropriate areas for shared (upper tier) services between municipalities? What are the areas where the decision should be left to the lower tier?
Unfortunately, the special meeting is not to be live-streamed.
Email us your ideas, either in the comment section below, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will put together a position paper and send it out for further discussion, hopefully before April 15 to allow us time to incorporate your views into the final document that we submit to the review.