Harrison council streamlines committees

One committee created to deal with parks, beaches and leisure

One large committee has been created to deal with Parks, Beaches and Leisure Services in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs.

The one large committee replaces three that were dissolved on Monday night “in order to reduce the workload of council.”

The new Parks, Beaches and Leisure Services committee was to include Councillor John Buckley as chair and Councillor Sonja Reyerse as co-chair.

Members of the community appointed to the committee were Michael Scott, Linda Marks, Donna Cooney, Janne Perrin, Elizabeth Mueller and Liz Webber.

Councillor Zoltan Kiss was the only councillor who voted against the change, saying “there is so much information and so little time discuss, I would not be in favour of amalgamating them.”

The committees dissolved were the Parks and Trails, Beach and Foreshore and Recreation.

The new committee was one of a series of streamlining changes among council roles on Monday night.

A new Advisory Planning Council was established on June 18, and council appointed Danny Crowell as chair and Brian Bignell as vice chair.

There was also some shuffling of council roles in the community.

Those changes include removing Kiss as liaison for the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board, and putting Councillor Allan Jackson in his place. Councillor Sonja Reyerse will be the alternate.

Other appointments included Mayor Leo Facio for the FVRD, with newly-elected Councillor John Buckley as alternate.

Jackson will be the FVRD Treaty Advisory Committee with Kiss as alternate.

Kiss will also be the liaison for Fraser Health and Healthy Communities, and the Provincial Emergency Program.

Jackson will serve as the Tourism Harrison liaison and Reyerse will serve as Chamber of Commerce liaison.

Kiss opposed to the change in Library Board liaison, saying that it is an annual appointment and that he wanted an explanation.

The mayor said he had a letter from the FVRL board executive stating that a change in liaison was acceptable.

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