City of Penticton commits to more public access to committee meetings

More meetings, more access

Penticton City Council has committed to increasing public participation in 2020 through more committee meetings held in easily-accessible locations. 

“With 100 advisory committee meetings slated for 2020, compared to 24 city council meetings, questions around where those meetings are best located led staff to explore solutions that could benefit everyone,” said Penticton mayor John Vassilaki. 

“Whether it’s through the city’s established engagement program or by creating increased space and frequency for committees to gather and do their work, council highly values the advice committee members and public provide.”

New for 2020, city committees will meet in the council chamber in City Hall using a specially organized meeting configuration that supports members in working together, all within a space that is welcoming to residents wishing to attend.

“[It's] a natural gathering space that lends itself well to a variety of meeting formats, including committees,” said corporate officer Angie Collison. “Access to and from the chamber is also more inviting and convenient, particularly for individuals watching from the gallery.”

The committees are formed with members from a wide cross-section of the community and discuss matters of ongoing importance to the city. Currently, there are eight active committees focusing on:

  • Agriculture
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Penticton and Ellis Creek Restoration
  • Economic Prosperity and Development Services
  • Arts, Creative and Cultural Innovation
  • Heritage and Museum
  • Community Sustainability
  • Safety and Security

For more information on the city’s committees, including their purpose, agendas, meeting dates or how to be appointed, visit penticton.ca.

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