COURTENAY, B.C- During their inaugural meeting on Monday, the City of Courtenay’s new council gave the green light for appointments for the next year.

The following councillors have been recommended for the following positions, from 2018 to 2019.

Comox Valley Regional District Regional District Board of Directors:

-Mayor Bob Wells

-Councillor David Frisch

-Councillor Wendy Morin

-Councillor Doug Hillian

A switch took place between Will Cole-Hamilton and Doug Hillian, as Cole-Hamilton had originally been slated to be one of the primary CVRD directors from Courtenay on the district’s board.

Mayor Bob Wells spoke about the switch with the MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom.

“Both of them are very capable folks, and both of them are still going to be on the Regional District,” said Wells.

“It’s not that Will is not going to be going there, he’ll actually be going to all the hospital and solid waste meetings. As a team, what we decided is that given the fact that I’ve been on the regional district as Vice chair for the last couple of years, chair of the water committee through one of the most, largest projects that the Regional District had to deal with, it makes sense for me to go back there. As mayor, I don’t necessarily feel that I should be there for the full years of our term.”

He described the change as both councillors sharing a CVRD director’s position.

Cole-Hamilton told the MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom that he chose to step back in favour of Hillian, given his years of experience and expertise. He expected to have a full appointment after Wells steps back from his CVRD director role next year.

The rest of the appointments are listed below.

Alternate Regional District Directors:

-Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton

-Councillor Manno Theos

-Councillor Melanie McCollum

Voting Strength for City Directors on Regional District Board (City has eighteen votes):

-Mayor Bob Wells, four votes

-Councillor David Frisch, five votes

-Councillor Wendy Morin, four votes

-Councillor Doug Hillian, five votes

Suggested resolution:that when a Regional District Director is to be absent from a Regional District meeting, the Director identifies an alternate Director

to attend, confirms the alternate’s availability and advises the Mayor, the

Director of Legislative & Corporate Services andhis designate who will advise the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) which alternate Director will be attending.

Three Directors to Regional District Sewage Commission

(Three Directors elected to Regional Board to serve):

-Councillor David Frisch

-Councillor Wendy Morin

-Councillor Doug Hillian

Alternates:

Mayor Bob Wells, Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton, Councillor Melanie McCollum and Councillor Manno Theos

Four Directors to Comox Valley Water Committee

(Four Directors elected to Regional Board to serve):

Mayor Bob Wells, one vote

Councillor David Frisch, two votes

Councillor Wendy Morin, two votes

Councillor Doug Hillian, two votes

Alternates:

Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton, Councillor Melanie McCollum and Councillor Manno Theos.

Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District Board

Mayor Bob Wells

Councillor David Frisch

Councillor Doug Hillian

Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton

Alternates:

Councillor Melanie McCollum, Councillor Wendy Morin and Councillor Manno Theos

Comox Strathcona Waste Management Board

-Mayor Bob Wells

-Councillor David Frisch

-Councillor Doug Hillian

-Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton

Court of Revision

(Frontage Taxes):

-Councillor Wendy Morin

-Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton

-Councillor Melanie McCollum

Alternate:

-Councillor Manno Theos

Board of Variance: On Hold -Requires Staff Report

Comox Valley Economic Development Society:

-Councillor Melanie McCollum

Alternate:

-Councillor David Frisch

Comox Valley Community Justice Society:

-Councillor Doug Hillian

Alternate:

-Councillor Melanie McCollum

Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association:

-Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton

Alternate:

-Councillor Wendy Morin

Community Drug Strategy Committee (Overdose Working Group):

Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton

Alternate:

-Councillor Hillian

Comox Valley Social Planning Society:

-Councillor Wendy Morin

Alternate:

Councillor Doug Hillian

Comox Valley Harbour Authority:

John Ward, Director of Legislative and Corporate Services/Deputy CAO

Comox Valley Liquid Waste Management Plan Public Advisory Committee (PAC):

Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton

(Staff Note: Councillor David Frisch appointed as alternate for the duration of the LWMP planning process) per July 16, 2018 Council resolution)

Development Industry Working Group:

-Mayor Bob Wells

(Staff Note: Councillor David Frisch appointed for a 1 year term) per June 18, 2018 Council resolution)

Integrated Transportation Advisory Committee:

Councillor David Frisch

Alternate:

Councillor Melanie McCollum

Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission:

Councillor Manno Theos

Alternate:

Councillor Wendy Morin

Agricultural Land Review Committee: On Hold-Requires Research, (Committee has not met in 8 yrs)

Heritage Advisory Commission:

Lawrence Burns, Ross Dingwall, Julie Fortin, Linda Grant, Deb Griffiths, Judy Hagen, Andrew Ireson, Cliff Piercy

Sid Williams Theatre Society:

Darryl Calnan, Heather McFetridge, Marty Douglas, Neil Havers, Tansy Pauls, Bill Anglin, Brian Mather, Naz Dizai

VANCOUVER ISLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY BOARD

Councillor Manno Theos for a one-year appointment January 1 to December 31, 2019 with Councillor Melanie McCollum as alternate.

Schedule of Acting Mayors till 2020

-June and December: Councillor Manno Theos

-May and November: Councillor David Frisch

-March and September: Councillor Doug Hillian

-April and October: Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton

-February and August: Councillor Melanie McCollum

-January and July: Councillor Wendy Morin

The following ad-hoc committees also had their appointee’s confirmed.

Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness

Councillor Doug Hillian

Alternate: Councillor Will-Cole Hamilton

Kus-kus-sum Restoration Project

Councillor Doug Hillian

Alternate: Councillor Wendy Morin

Comox Valley Accessibility Committee

Councillor David Frisch

Alternate: Councillor Doug Hillian

Comox Valley Early Years Collaborative

Councillor Melanie McCollum

Alternate: Councillor David Frisch

July 1st Organizing Team

Councillor Manno Theos

Every member of council is also asked to be authorized as a signing authority, along with the following staff members.

-David Allen, Chief Administrative Officer

-John Ward,Director of Legislative & Corporate Services/Deputy CAO

-Jennifer Nelson, Acting Director of Finance

-Renata Wyka,Manager of Finance

The recommendations were carried without opposition.

“I think we have a very capable council, and I’m very proud of our team, and I’m very, very confident that moving forward we’re going to be able to tackle some of the major issues in our community, whether it’s affordable housing, social issues, environmental, entrepreneurial, all those kinds of things,” said Wells.

“We’re going to be making sure we’re tackling them, and making sure we’re looking after our cultural interests as well, and make sure we have a strong and vibrant community.”

-With files from Troy Landreville