SUMMERSIDE – In an unusual move, Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart has made changes in city council’s committee structure midway through the term.
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Four committees will have new chairs in 2013.
Coun. Tina Mundy has been moved from human resources, legal affairs, heritage and culture to police, fire and emergency services.
Coun. Jeff Sullivan has been shuffled from electrical services to municipal works.
Stewart named Coun. Peter Holman to take the chair previously held by Mundy. Holman had been chair of police, fire and emergency services.
Coun. Frank Costa moves from municipal services to electrical services.
Several vice-chairs were also changed. Costa moves from economic development to financial services; deputy mayor Bruce MacDougall goes from electrical services to economic development; Coun. Ron Dowling moves from community services and recreation to human resources, legal affairs heritage and culture; Coun. Jim Steele moves from police, fire and emergency services to electrical services; Holman goes to police, fire and emergency services from financial services; and Sullivan moves from human resources, legal affairs, culture and heritage to community services and recreation.
“We made a few (changes),” Stewart said. “It was mentioned to me last year by quite a few of the councillors that we should probably change (chairmanships) every year.
“We’re small enough here where all councillors can participate in all the committee meetings and council meetings. We all work as a team. I think everybody is quite pleased.”
Stewart said there was nothing that occurred since council took office in 2010 that prompted the changes to the committee chairs.
“There was no particular reason,” the mayor said. “Maybe next Jan.1 we may make a few more (changes). All of the councillors show interest in all of the things that we’re dealing with.”
Some of the committee chairs were prepared to make recommendations to council on various issues. One of the most notable proposals is the governance and administration bylaw from Mundy and Sullivan through the human resources, legal affairs, culture and heritage committee. This proposed bylaw sets out clear guidelines and definitions beginning with the chief administrative officer, right down the line to other city staff, and includes city council. Mundy and Sullivan are no longer on that committee and the question of the future of that bylaw is uncertain.
“All of that stuff will be processed,” Stewart said. “All of those things that we’re working on will continue, and hopefully, we’ll get them finished up over the next couple of months.
“Councillors, basically, have gotten along fairly well,” he added.