City of Kamloops committees remain on an extended winter vacation in anticipation of a restructuring approved by council in December.
“All of that is on hold until the structure is finalized,” city corporate officer Maria Mazzotta said.
Most city committees, from arts to heritage to parks and recreation, have not met in 2019. The lone exception is the city’s junior council committee, which met last week. Council directed staff in December to work on the restructuring to better align with the city’s new corporate structure, which was implemented last year.
It will decide details on the committee structure on Feb. 5.
Mazzotta said staff have been working on the proposed structure, which has been challenging due to the city’s history with committees.
She said there has been an”enormous amount of work” done due to the many committees that have been created over the years.
“But if we are changing the structure, we need to ensure all of those are dealt with and we don’t have these dangling committees out there,” Mazzotta said.
Mazzotta said the committees are expected to meet shortly after council’s decision. City committees allow the public to get involved with the city’s decision-making process. The committees also give advice to council on matters related to specific interests.
When council approved the restructuring in December, it had reservations about lumping heritage and arts into one entity and voted to maintain their independence.