Committee of the Whole
From January 2017 to June 2017, Grey County is testing a Committee of the Whole structure. During this trial, all 18 County Councillors will attend every committee meeting. This way, every councillor has the opportunity to participate in discussions and forward recommendations for all areas of business.
A session of County Council will be held before each Committee of the Whole meeting. Council will review and vote on the decisions of the previous committee of the whole meeting.
As part of the Committee of the Whole trial, Grey County will use a consent agenda. A consent agenda allows the committee to vote on a list of routine items together without discussion. Councillors are notified of the consent agenda items before a meeting. If a councillor feels that something does need discussion they can ask the Clerk to remove it from the consent agenda and add it to the meeting.
Before starting the Committee of the Whole pilot, County Council used a standing committee structure to discuss business and reports before making recommendations for Council approval. Each councillor sits on two standing committees and the Warden sits on all four. A Chair and Vice Chair are elected at the start of the year for each committee. The committees meet about once a month and more often when needed. Minutes from each meeting go forward to Grey County Council for more discussion and approval.
Grey County’s Four Standing Committees
- Corporate Services
- Planning and Community Development
- Social Services
- Transportation and Public Safety
Grey County uses subcommittees and task forces to streamline decisions for specific topics and issues. Some committees, like the Accessibility Advisory Committee, are permanent. Other committees, like the Development Charges Steering Committee, are ad hoc and run for a short period of time.
Membership of each subcommittee varies. Some include public members and others don’t. You can learn the details of each specific subcommittee here.
County Councillors may also be appointed to external boards and other agencies, such as the Board of Health.