Spallumcheen council duties handed out

Christine Fraser was appointed to six committees – twice as many as any of her colleagues

Christine Fraser will again be a busy Spallumcheen councillor.

Fraser was appointed to six committees – twice as many as any of her colleagues – as township Mayor Janice Brown released her committee appointments that take place immediately and run until November 2016.

Fraser maintains her roles as the township’s representative to the fire training centre policy board, the regional growth advisory committee and the Regional District of North Okanagan’s building inspection service review.

She has been recommended as Spallumcheen’s representative to the regional agriculture advisory committee and been appointed to the Okanagan Indian Band and Splatsin Band joint advisory committees.

“I specifically asked for the band appointments because we’re working on relationship building and I really wanted to be a part of that,” said Fraser.

Brown has a lot of confidence in all of her councillors.

“We have a very efficient council,” said Brown.

“I try to involve all of them in meetings with ministers and everything, and last term was a new term and I relied on them a lot.”

Brown and councillors Todd York and Joe Van Tienhoven each head up three committees.

Brown will be Spall’s representative to the RDNO board, the North Okanagan emergency management policy board and the Municipal Insurance Association of B.C..

York has been appointed to the Spallumcheen Housing Society, RCMP community consultative group and, along with Van Tienhoven, will be part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen fire hall project committee.

Van Tienhoven will again sit on the Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission, along with Coun. Andrew Casson, and will be the township’s appointment to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.

Casson maintains the township’s responsibility on the Okanagan Regional Library board.

Coun. Ed Hanoski has been appointed to the township’s agricultural advisory committee.

Newly elected Coun. Christine LeMaire has been appointed to the O’Keefe Ranch and Heritage Society.

Some councillors, such as Casson and Fraser, questioned the two-year term.

“Personally, I feel a little more comfortable doing these as one-year terms,” said Casson. “It’s a long time to look ahead and be into a new discipline, and to know how it’s working. I’d hate to say I don’t feel like I’m able to do the job as well as somebody else, or if somebody else has expressed an interest in a committee.”

Added Fraser: “I’m OK with one year as well because there are some new things here. For myself, there’s a couple of new ones I haven’t done before so I’m not sure what the time commitment is.”

Council voted on the two-year terms but agreed to review the committee appointments after one year.


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