A Kamloops councillor says he is working hard behind the scenes to keep up with city issues when he misses council meetings due to provincial obligations.
Arjun Singh missed his fourth regular council meeting of the term this week as he headed to Kimberley to train local government officials under his role as president of the Union of BC Municipalities.
“It was always contemplated that I would miss meetings in this role and, again, it’s something I don’t enjoy having to do,” he told KTW.
Singh was acclaimed to the position last fall for a one-year term, which ends in September, after previously serving on the executive for five years, including as vice-president. He said the president’s role is particularly busy during this time of year, given the recent civic election, a four-year cycle when newly elected officials receive training through UBCM’s Local Government Leadership Academy.
Singh said that will wrap up soon, but he is keeping up with his council duties in the meantime.
“I’m making sure I’m reading the agendas, watching the tape after, sending information to council,” he said.
Asked if there are any votes he wished he had not missed or whether his sporadic absence is impacting council, Singh said it has not been an issue so far.
“Ultimately, council’s really strong,” he said. “The mayor is really strong.”
He noted his UBCM work helps to bring awareness to the city. Last week, for example, he met Premier John Horgan.
“It obviously brings some good reputation to our community,” Singh said.