Boards and Committees

COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Entire Council participates on this Committee and the Mayor steps down to an appointed Chairperson. It is a convenient method of considering a question when it is desired to allow each member to speak an unlimited number of times in debate.


Finance Committee – All Council (On “as need” basis)

The Committee is composed of all members of the M.D. of Opportunity Council. It is responsible for the management of expenditure and revenue of MD funds according to General Accounting Principles while assuring adherence to an approved annual budget.

Resource Staff: Finance Services Manager, Chief Administrative Officer, Finance Officers


Emergency Management Agency – All Council (On “as need” basis)

Resource Staff: Legislative Services Manager, Chief Administrative Officer & Administrative Staff


FCSS (Family & Community Support Services) – All Council (On “as need” basis)

This board looks after various community programming and may work jointly with other agencies in the community.  They have their own budget which is funded by the Province and the MD.  FCSS business is conducted during regular council meetings.

Resource Staff: Community Services Manager, Chief Administrative Officer, Administrative Support


East/West Task Force Committee/Connector Road – All Council (On “as need” basis)

This committee participates in meetings upon invitation from the task force that is spearheading the projects they are involved in.  The main interest our Council were focussing on is the east/west connector road that was being proposed.

Resource Staff: Transportation Manager, Chief Administrative Officer, Economic Development Officer


Ad Hoc Committee – Senior Housing Task Force (On “as need” basis)

Council as a whole to deal with Senior Housing initiatives such as Long Term Care and Assisted Living issues & plans.


STANDING COMMITTEES OF COUNCIL

Standing committees are constituted to perform a continuing function, and remain in existence permanently or for the life of the assembly that establishes them.

Slave Lake Housing Authority

This board works with the appropriate regional housing authority to administer various housing projects which includes senior citizen housing namely Vanderwell Senior Lodge.  Our MD is involved with the committee as all our communities, except Calling Lake falls in this district and some of our MD residents are able to access senior citizen lodging and homes.  This committee calls for a “member at large” appointment but was changed to a Council member to improve communications and attendance to their regular meetings.  This authority requisitions our MD for budget operations.

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer


Lesser Slave Lake Economic Alliance Committee

This committee is structured that we have one Council member appointed; this alliance consists of several appointments from neighbouring MDs and Towns.  This committee meets on a regular basis and may involve the Economic Development Officer.

Resource Staff: Economic Development Officer, Chief Administrative Officer

MD became a Member per Motion of Nov. 16th/11.


Lesser Slave Lake Community Futures (Development Corporation)

This board is structured that we have one Council member appointed to their Board.  They work with business investment initiatives; approve loans and activities respecting business ventures.  A Council member appointment is required; the board meets monthly. 

New appointee – Leo Alook

Resource Staff:  Economic Development Officer


Greater North Foundation

This board works with the appropriate regional housing authority to administer the senior citizen lodges and housing in Athabasca and Lac La Biche.  Our MD is involved with the committee as Calling Lake falls within their district and some MD residents use their lodges/homes.  This board also requisitions our MD for operational funding.  This committee calls for a “member at large” but was changed to a Council member to improve communications and attendance to their regular monthly meetings. 

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer


Community Education Committee (NLC – Wabasca)

This committee involves 2 “members at large” which are appointed by Council.  They work with the Stony Point Campus in Wabasca and Northern Lakes College.  They have a budget of their own, are involved in the student selection process and recommend the types of training programming that should be brought into the communities.  They meet regularly every month.  MD Council had changed appointment term from one year to a three year term which is now expiring in 2010.

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer


Community Education Committee (NLC – Calling Lake)

This committee involves 1 “member at large” which is appointed by Council.  They work with the Calling Lake Campus in Calling Lake and Northern Lakes College.  They have a budget of their own, are involved in the student selection process and recommend the types of training programming that should be brought into the communities.  They meet regularly every month.

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer


Road Committee

Reeve and staff appointments only are required, current procedure is that the Reeve, MD Chief Administrative Officer and Transportation Services manager are members to this committee.  This committee determines and recommends road bans for municipal roads and meets on “as need” basis.

Resource Staff: Transportation Manager, Chief Administrative Officer




Library Board

Council appoints “members at large” to this board and also includes members of Council. This board is governed by the libraries act, operate libraries located within the district and also works with the Peace Library System of Grande Prairie.

“At large” appointees – Maureen Chernipeski (2012), Avard Mann (2014), Shelley Stevenson (2014), D. Tim Rasmuson (2014) and Brenda Bladon (2014)

Resource Staff: Community Services Manager & Chief Administrative Officer


Northern Care

This committee holds annual conventions and workshops throughout the year.  Their mandate is to encourage and establish various recycling programs and the management of commercial, industrial and residential waste/recyclables.

Resource Staff: Transportation Manager, Chief Administrative Officer


Alberta Transportation/ISL Engineering – Technical Review Committee

ISL Engineering & Land Services was hired by Alberta Transportation to carry out a planning study for Highway 686, from Highway 88 to north of Peerless Lake.  In addition to geometrics, environmental issues, access management and cost estimates, a public consultation process will be included to gather input from the communities.

Resource Staff: Transportation Manager & Chief Administrative Officer


BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

A Board is an administrative, managerial, or quasi-judicial body of elected or appointed persons that has the character of a deliberative body.

Assessment Review Board (Term 1 Year)

The Board hears tax assessment appeals from concerned property owners disputing the calculation of the Assessment Officer.  This Board meets on an “as need” basis and requires three appointments.  Changes to legislation requires that the appointees are licensed and trained and must obtain a certificate in order to become a member of the Board.

Resource Staff: Finance Services Manager, Chief Administrative Officer


Historical Board (Term 1 Year)

This Board is comprised of all Council. The Board's goal is to create awareness of history and historical sites within the MD of Opportunity through collaboration, preservation, education and access.

Resource Staff: Tourism Coordinator, Chief Administrative Officer


Municipal Planning Commission (Term 1 Year)

This five member commission is responsible for decisions regarding development according to the Land Use Bylaw.  They meet regularly every month to deal with development permit applications and must be familiar with the Land Use Bylaw, Area Structure Plan and Municipal Development Plan.

Resource Staff: Lands & Planning Manager, Chief Administrative Officer


Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (Term 1 Year)

The Board hears appeals regarding decisions of the Development Officer or the Municipal Planning Commission regarding zoning and development decisions.  This board meets on “as need” basis and requires three “at large” appointments and two Council members.

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer, Secretary to SDAB


Peace Regional Library Board Representative

The MD appoints a representative to the Peace Regional Library Board from the Library Board.  It is responsible for assisting municipalities in meeting the information, educational and cultural needs of their residents in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible by the sharing of resources and expertise among public and school libraries.

Resource Staff: Manager of Community Services


Emergency Management Committee

This committee is established as per MD bylaw.  This committee assists, provides advice and recommendations to Council to carry out their mandate and service to the communities of the municipality with respect to disaster services.  This includes training and table top exercises that may be required from time to time; regular review and update of the Emergency Management Plan.


Subdivision Authority

MD contracted services with Municipal Planning Services, Jane Dauphinee. She reviews, recommends approvals and provides professional services with respect to subdivision applications.  No councillor appointments are required for this authority.

Resource Staff: Lands & Planning Manager, Chief Administrative Officer


Memorandum of Understanding Committee – BCN/MD Council


MD of Opportunity No. 17 Housing Corporation Board of Directors

This committee was established on December 14, 2011.  Their mandate is to provide housing to senior citizens, individuals and families who qualify under approved criteria for the hamlets of Calling Lake, Sandy Lake, Wabasca and Red Earth Creek.


Wabasca/Desmarais Housing Authority

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer & Manager of Facilities


AD HOC COMMITTEES OF COUNCIL

Ad hoc committees are often referred to as a special committee appointed, as the need arises, to carry out as specific task, at the completion of which, on presentation of its final report to Council, it automatically ceases to exist.

Athabasca Physician Retention Committee

This committee is spear-headed by the County of Athabasca; Council provided funding in 2010.  Their mandate includes but not limited to the recruitment of doctors and medical services to the County and perhaps leads up to the regular doctor services in the hamlet of Calling Lake.

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer


Wabasca Physician Retention Committee

Their mandate includes but not limited to the recruitment of doctors and medical services to the MD of Opportunity communities (Wabasca) and (Calling Lake) and perhaps leads up to other regular doctor services in the other communities.

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer


Pond Hockey Committee

This committee was established by Council to deal with issues related to the establishment of an MD hockey league and pond hockey.

Resource Staff: Recreation Manager


Policy Committee

This committee was established on May 11th, 2011.  The committee’s task is to review existing Policies for amendments and to establish new Policies as required from time to time.

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer & Applicable Department Managers


Land Development Committee                                                     

This committee was established on June 8th, 2011.  The committee’s task is to review and meet with developers to review proposed development agreements.

Resource Staff: Chief Administrative Officer, Lands & Planning Manager, Development Officers