SCUGOG: Councillors revisited the board of directors for their Municipal Services Corporation on Monday, May 16, deciding not to ratify the nine names that were approved at the previous meeting.
On Monday, May 9, Council approved a board of nine people, and decided to start a recruitment process to find another six at their committees meeting. However, Ward 4 Councillor brought the issue back up as she was concerned that the initial board was not selected through a transparent process.
“I am not convinced that the members were selected through an open recruitment process. Did the interim board have a criteria for the selection of the members?” she said.
Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville agreed that there must be an open process for selection of the board.
“I think that we need to have a criteria that each one is being met and have it reviewed by the Council,” she said.
She also added that she would like to see some females on the board as well.
Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew told Council that it doesn’t look great to the public if Council approves a board without going through a thorough process.
“The perception out there is that this board is hand picked. We have an opportunity now to rectify this situation,” she said.
Mayor Tom Rowett told Councillors that he did not want to “by any means jeopordize transparency” but later added that the longer the entire process takes, the more that it will end up costing the Township.
Instead of ratifying the initial board, Council instead decided to lead an open recruitment process, advertising for up to 15 people to fill the board. The board is expected to come before Council for approval by Monday, June 6.
Decisions made at Council’s committees meeting still need approval at a Council meeting to be approved, and that is why the previous decision by Council could be changed.