Monday, February 17, 2014

Mayor looks to add Municipal representation to Ferry Cutback response

Councillor Barry Cunningham may find himself tasked with extra duties in the near future, with Mayor Jack Mussallem suggesting that the he would like to hand off the city's post on the North and Cetnral Coast Ferries Advisory Committee in order to provide for twice as much input into the debate.

The topic was introduced for conversation, after Councillor Cunningham relayed some notes he had on a recent e mail on a Ferries Committee response to the planned service cutbacks by BC Ferries.

The Mayor outlined his thoughts at last week's City Council sessions, placing a strong hint that he would like to see Councillor Cunningham take on the duties that were previously held by former City Councillor Jennifer Rice.

The Mayor took over her position on the Advisory Committee when she entered the provincial election campaign last spring.

Since then, he has apparently been looking to reposition Prince Rupert's spot on that Advisory council, allowing for Prince Rupert representation to as he put it, "be more effective and to have double the voice" on the Committee.

Mayor Mussallem would like to see someone take on the main position on the Committee (insert your name here Councillor Cunningham) while he retreats to an Alternate position, which would allow him to concentrate his approach to efforts through the Mayor's office.

You can review the discussion on the Ferry Cuts response, the Mayor's plan ahead and his gentle art of persuasion to send Mr. Cunningham into the battle on the City Council Video Archive.  It runs from the 1 hour , 1 minute mark to about the 1 hour, 3 minute mark.

There is more on the planned cutbacks to BC Ferries and the response to them to be found on our BC Ferries archive page

For more on Council Developments please review our City Council Archive page and our Discussion from Council page.

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