While not on Kamloops council, Cavers persists through motions

The defeated councillor served 11 notices of motion before leaving city hall

The first in a series of notices of motions submitted by former city councillor Donovan Cavers following his failed re-election bid will go before council on Tuesday.

“I know there’s definitely some support,” Cavers said. “I’m hoping they’ll [notices of motions through 2019] at least be moved and seconded so there is a robust discussion.”

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Tuesday’s notice of motion calls on the city to create a public engagement advisory committee, which would meet quarterly and include a mix of councillors and city staff.

Cavers told KTW the city has made significant strides in previous years related to public engagement, including the Let’s Talk public engagement platform, website updates and the addition of communications staff.

“When the Overlanders Bridge project was going on, I think that was a pretty awesome example about how good public engagement could benefit the community,” Cavers said.

However, he added, there is always room for improvement. Cavers said the committee would have long-term vision compared to previous task forces and ad-hoc committees and could act as a sounding board on topics such as citizen-satisfaction surveys, Let’s Talk Kamloops reporting and denied delegation reports. He said the city could also improve its two-way communication, “where people don’t feel like the city is just putting information out to them.”

Cavers served two terms on council before he was defeated in the Oct. 20 civic election. During his final meeting in October, Cavers served 11 notices of motion related to issues he said had been simmering on the back burner.

They include creating designated zoning for election signage, 365-day transit and eliminating words like “customers,” “clients” and “corporate mission” in favour of “residents,” “citizens” and “public service mission” in internal city language.

Cavers’ motions will appear on various council agendas from now through October 2019. The new council will decide their fate.

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