Council approves CSR recommendations

A total of 14 out of 21 received the nod from council

Mission council has approved 14 of 21 recommendations from the core services review released in July.

Council deferred all six forestry-related items, and wants to investigate alternative options to make forestry operations more efficient and effective.

The elected group also nixed the recommendation to eliminate council committee chairs.

According to the report, committee chairs detract from good discussion at council meetings and eliminating them would shift more accountability to the chief administrative officer.

Most councillors disagreed.

“I’ve yet to be shown this council is having difficulty having good discussions in meetings,” said Coun. Dave Hensman. “When council members have portfolios, they are looking at things more carefully.”

“From a political point of view, I like that we’re doing and want to continue it,” said Mayor Ted Adlem.

Coun. Nelson Tilbury was the only one to support the recommendation, reasoning councillors could have tunnel vision when they are focused on certain portfolios.

Approved recommendations:

• Continue sound financial management. Staff recommend the district’s key financial indicators be benchmarked against comparative organizations yearly to ensure the district remains on track financially; and that the district develop a prioritized list of potential, shovel-ready grant projects for council’s consideration and that a list of available grant programs be maintained.

• Reviews should be conducted for select processes. Staff recommend that administration schedule, initiate and complete, in conjunction with other departments, these process reviews over the next year, with the results forwarded to council.

• Create two business units to support IT infrastructure. Staff will look into the feasibility of providing separate and dedicated IT support for the RCMP.

• Rotate IT staff to enhance after-hours support. Staff will report back as to the best way to implement enhanced after-hours IT support at the district.

• Council should commit to supporting a pre-defined number of improvement projects annually.

• Contractors/partners should be held accountable for major capital projects. It is recommended that a project management policy and procedure be implemented soon and that a formal training program be initiated for staff.

• Improve accountability by establishing a performance management framework. It is recommended that staff follow through with developing more robust and meaningful individual and departmental performance measures as per council’s objective of introducing a performance management and reporting system.

• Re-organize department and staff resources to better support the organization. Staff will report back to council within one year as to the operational impact of the organizational restructuring.

• Develop a comprehensive communication strategy, and create a communication position.

• Establish a succession plan.

• Expand governance policies to direct council. Staff will bring forward a formal council/administration protocol policy that differentiates and clarifies the roles and responsibilities of council and administration at the district.

• Create a partnership strategy.

• Explore one-window service delivery.

The full report can be found at mission.ca.

Just Posted

Two-year-old attacked by cougar in Cascade Falls Regional Park

Boy not seriously injured in incident on Monday afternoon near Mission

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

VIDEO: SUV crashes into Downtown Abbotsford store

Front window of Jazz-Ma-Tazz destroyed in afternoon crash

Publication ban lifted on Letisha Reimer’s name

Reimer’s family had supported an application by The News to lift ban

Mission girl gets her wish to go to Disneyworld

Children’s Wish Foundation, Vancouver Christmas Market and Vancouver Canucks help raise funds

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Coquihalla closed between Hope and Merritt

The highway is closed in the northbound lane

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Lower Mainland man receives apology after getting kicked out of library

Mike Wilson fears the same treatment he received Nov. 2 by security guards will happen to others

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Surrey boy’s birthday wish raises $13,500 for rescued farm animals

Matthew Farden received a large donation from the mister Blake Foundation towards a sanctuary farm.

Most Read