What is the Appropriate Role of a Citizen Committee?
Posted by auroracitizen on March 11, 2011
There has been some discussion about the appropriate role of a citizen committee in a number of blog comments, so we thought we would ask the question directly.
Currently there are legislated committees such as the Library Board or Cemetery Board which are not the focus of this post– but could provide some ideas about roles.
This discussion is intended to focus around discretionary committees that are set up by Council to solicit and encourage community input — such a Leisure Service or Economic Development or Financial.
Here are some questions to get the conversation started. We are sure you will have more.
- Should a committee have a budget? If so, who would be accountable for the budget?
- Should Council members sit on advisory committees or should it be only citizens? Will citizens defer to Council members if they are part of the committee?
- Who should the committee report to — Council directly or should they go through staff?
- What role should staff play on the committee?
- Should staff be asked to comment on all committee recommendations prior to coming to Council?
- Should committee recommendations be vetted by staff before presentation to Council?
- Is Council under any obligation to follow recommendations from an advisory committee?
- Who is the committee accountable to? Are they accountable to anyone or are they independent?
Also, what committees do you think Aurora should have? Is there an area that is missed?
FOOTNOTE: What started as an intelligent discussion quickly degenerated into name-calling and insults. The moderators have removed all such comments. Sorry folks, but our attempts to let everything through continues to backfire.