Committees shaken up

Chris Pieper said 12 months ago he would switch council members to different committees

Armstrong’s mayor is a man of his word.

Chris Pieper said 12 months ago he would switch council members to different committees.

“I said we’d bounce people around after a year,” said Pieper during Monday’s regular council meeting. “I’ve changed the committee structures for no reason other than just allowing people to get more experience.”

Steven Drapala takes over as chairperson of the public works committee while veteran councillors Shirley Fowler (finance and administration, community services) and Paul Britton (planning and development) remain as chairs.

“Everybody on committees last year did a great job and now they’re going to let some people rotate around and do a great job again,” said Pieper. “I’ll probably do it again next December.”

Britton has been named acting mayor for the year with Fowler as the alternate.

Lance McGregor and Britton take over the city’s parks and recreation appointments from Linda Werner and Ron (Sully) O’Sullivan.

Werner remains as the city’s representative to the Okanagan Regional Library board, while O’Sullivan continues with the age-friendly community advisory committee.

Fowler will still be the city’s appointee to the Regional District of North Okanagan board.

Pieper will represent the city at the intermunicipal emergency operations and fire training centre advisory boards, along with the Rathfriland (Northern Ireland) Sister City committee.

Liaison appointments include McGregor (Armstrong Heritage Society, Chamber of Commerce, First Nations), Britton (Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society, City of Vernon Affordable Housing Committee), O’Sullivan (Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Seniors Housing) and Drapala (Boys and Girls Club).