Task force reviews advisory committees

Maple Ridge council is trying to see if there’s a better way to use the advisory committees that lend expertise in eight areas.

If approved, an advisory committee task force composed of Mayor Ernie Daykin and Couns. Judy Dueck and Al Hogarth will look at the advisory committees that deal with agriculture, heritage, transportation, economy, accessibility, public art, social planning and a proposed new environmental advisory committee.

Monday, council discussed the review, which will look at the budget, terms of reference, accomplishments and schedules of each committee.

They’ll also ask if the committee’s work needs to continue or if it can be done by another group, if the membership is still relevant, or even if the committee is worth keeping.

Council has recently discussed disbanding the cycling committee and blending it into a broader transportation committee.

And an environmental advisory committee has yet to be formed because it’s only been recommended by a consultant working on an environmental management strategy for Maple Ridge.

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