In June 2020, Municipal Government Wayfinders Ltd., was retained by the Township of Bonnechere Valley to complete an Operational Review (OR). Their team reviewed background documents, including plans, policies, by-laws, census data, FIRs, OMPF data and other pertinent information.
In June, due to physical distancing requirements caused by COVID-19, the team conducted video-conference interviews with members of Council, permanent staff and local stakeholders. Later with proper distancing practices, a member of their team visited municipal facilities and toured the Township to help ground-truth the environment.
Additional local stakeholders and the Library CEO and Chair were also interviewed by one of their team members. Several follow up telephone interviews were conducted with the CAO, members of the management team and others. The team also conducted interviews with the Township's Auditor and IT Consultant. A short online survey was posted from June 26th through July 31st to help gauge public sentiment at a high-level.
The document reviews, comprehensive interviews, online survey results and physical ground-truthing have helped to inform their recommendations.
During the COVID-19 pandemic the public will only be able to attend Committee and Council meetings virtually through the Township of Bonnechere Valley's YouTube channel. Agendas will continue to be available on our website, or via email, fax or regular mail upon request. Delegation requests will have to be submitted in writing prior to the meeting and will be read by the CAO for Council's consideration. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to deliver services in these challenging times. If you have questions please contact the municipal office by phone or email. Stay Bonnechere Valley Strong. We are in this together!
Council meets twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays. We start with a committee meeting at 1:30 pm and this is where most of our discussions take place. All meetings are open and the public is encouraged to attend. This section is designed to let you know some of the topics that we are or will be discussing. Even if you cannot attend a meeting we would love to hear your thoughts. Letters and emails are circulated to all council members and read. We can do a better job with your help!
If you have an issue that you would like to speak to Council about, all you need to do is become a Delegate. Please complete the Delegation Request Form and return to the CAO.
2021 Meeting Schedule
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 & Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 & Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 & Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 & Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 & Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 & Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Tuesday, Spetember 7, 2021 & Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 & Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 & Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 & Tuesday, December 21, 2021
The Council Agendas for the Meetings are in PDF format.
DELEGATION INFORMATION SHEET & REQUEST FORM
Committee & Council welcomes the opportunity to hear from citizens and community groups. If you wish to address Committee & Council as a whole, you are welcome to attend a Committee or Council meeting as a delegation.
HOW DO I BECOME DELEGATION?
Please complete the delegation request form. Deputations to Committee/Council are generally received at the Committee/Council meetings held on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesday of each month. Confirmation of the meeting date will be provided by the Administration Department.
Please note, your request and any additional information you would like Committee/Council to have may be attached to the agenda and circulated publicly, unless otherwise requested. It is recommended that when a delegation requests to attend a Committee/Council meeting that they provide to Committee/Council a copy of their presentation and/or copies of materials they wish to speak about. These documents must be provided to CAO within 48 hours before the meeting.
Council meetings are held the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesday of the month. Committee/Council meetings are formal meetings, covered by the media and open to the public.
All meetings are held in the Council Chambers, located in the Municipal Office (49 Bonnechere Street East).
Confirmation of the meeting date will be provided by the Administration Department.
RULES FOR DELEGATION
Maximum time permitted is fifteen (15) minutes for Committee or ten (10) minutes for Council but may be extended depending on the nature of the delegation; You may want to have speaking notes to ensure that you are able to effectively utilize your time;
HOW DO I GET INFORMATION TO COUNCIL?
Information provided to the CAO will be circulated to the members of Committee/Council prior to the meeting and included as part of the agenda package. If you will be bringing information to the meeting, 7 copies should be made if you want each Councillor and staff to have a copy of the information (additionally copies should be made for the press/public). If it is a larger document, you can leave it with the Mayor or CAO and it will be circulated to others.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN I BE A DELEGATION?
You may appear once before Committee/Council on any given issue. If there is significant new information or lapse of time, exceptions may be permitted.
HOW WILL MY CONCERN BE ADDRESSED?
If you are requesting action of Committee/Council, the issue will be considered at that or an sequential Council meeting.
Please contact the CAO for further information – we look forward to hearing from you!!
The Municipal Act permits Council to appoint an Integrity Commissioner who performs specified functions regarding the application of the Code of Conduct which applies to all members of Council and members appointed to Boards and Committees to promote accountability and transparency in municipal governance.
Beginning in January 2004, the Council of the Township of Bonnechere Valley began discussions with The Delfi Group to lead development of a Strategic Plan for the municipality, covering the five-year time frame up to the year 2009. That plan is currently in effect. The purpose of the plan is to guide the Township into the future, providing a “road map” for employees, a reference document for taxpayers and community volunteers, and a decision-making template for Council.