Council gives staff 30 days to create core review strategy

By Daryl Major
May 31, 2016 - 3:13pm Updated: July 29, 2016 - 4:37pm

Nanaimo city council members had their first chance to discuss the much anticipated core services review at a public meeting on Monday.

At a Committee of the Whole meeting May 30, they voted to receive the report and gave staff 30 days to come up with a proposed implementation strategy for the more than 100 recommendations in the report.

That is expected to include getting public input.

Councillor Bill Bestwick was concerned whether 30 days is enough time.

“There's over 100 recommendations and I would just like to make sure not only does staff return to council with recommendations for implementation, but they return with them prioritized,” said Bestwick.

CAO Tracy Samra believes that within 30 days staff can likely provide preliminary findings.

“I think right now it's a little premature to talk about what the implementation strategy and engagement process will be with over 100 recommendations and 250 pages,” said Samra.

The review, which had a budget of more than $248,000, was released last week.

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