Sooke mayor changes committee structure again

Move necessary when some councillors had reservations about sitting on the committees

  • Jan. 19, 2017 7:00 p.m.

For the second time in less than two months, Mayor Maja Tait is changing the committee structure of Sooke district council. In November, the mayor merged five committees into three. Now, Tait will revert to a committee-of-the-whole structure, where council sits as a single committee. The move was necessary, said Tait, when some councillors had reservations about sitting on the committees. “It’s time to shift gear and move forward,” she said. “I don’t want to cause any unnecessary delays. We’re entering into budget deliberations, so it just makes sense that we sit as a committee-of-the-whole to get some matters underway.” Along with upcoming budget discussions, Tait expects the committee-of-the-whole to have discussions on business licences, sign bylaw enforcement, developer amenity contributions, policy discussions and the official community plan in the coming weeks. But Tait is not ruling out the return of a multi committee structure. “I think it needs further dialogue and we’ll come up with something that really works for us,” she said. The District of Sooke will probably have a committee-of-the-whole meeting on the first Monday of the month. The first meeting is scheduled for Jan. 30.