Advisory Committees of Council
Council is the primary decision-making body of Berwick's local government. It is the only committee endowed with legislative authority. Council, however, also needs advisory committees to take the time needed to explore specific aspects of town business in greater depth. Advisory committees work on their assignments from Council. They direct staff to do data-gathering, research, analysis, so the committee can deliberate and make recommendations. Advisory committees do not themselves make "official" decisions, but they do offer valuable advice. The main purpose of advisory committees, therefore, is to help Council make well-informed decisions.
Key role of citizen representatives on advisory committees
All advisory committees are populated not only by elected councillors, but also citizen representatives. Citizen representatives are crucial in local government, adding diversity to the local mix of opinions, insights, and suggestions. These people are residents of the Town who volunteer their time to provide input on local affairs. Citizen representatives help to improve the Town's transparency and accountability. They ensure that the management of local affairs is underpinned by democratic values.
Let us know if you're interested in becoming a citizen representative!
Are you interested in how the Town plans its subdivisions, its future development? Would you like to participate in matters of Town policing? Do you want to contribute to the conversation about the Town's green energy initiatives? Please let us know and we'll advise you when committee vacancies open up.
Citizen appointments do not require special expertise in the area which interests you or any minimum level of education or related experience. If you can vote, and you live in Berwick, you are automatically eligible to serve as a citizen representative.
Only minutes that have been approved by Council and Committees of Council are posted. The approval of minutes takes place at the next meeting of Council and Committees of Council and there is therefore a one month delay for Council, Committee of the Whole and Planning Advisory Committee minutes and a two month delay for Recreation Advisory Committee and Police Services Advisory Committee since these committees meet bi-monthly.
Copies of previous minutes not appearing on our web page can be obtained at the Town of Berwick Offices.