Presentations, breakout sessions and resolutions were the main topics at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) convention on Tuesday.
“We dealt with a number of the resolutions which were all passed except for one,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “What was turned down was having staggered municipal terms of office. I think everyone felt that with good orientation and discussion right after an election that councils were able to get up to speed and deal with the issues that were in front of them.”
She added none of the resolutions discussed on Tuesday came from the City of Moose Jaw. The majority of resolutions related to smaller towns and villages. Some of those issues included approval for borrowing limits and using social housing units as portable housing units.
“There was support for a resolution that spoke to the issue of improved process for land use planning and it has to do with municipalities and urban municipalities working together,” said Higgins. “There needs to be a good process to be able to work with our neighbours when we’re looking at development to make sure that we’re supporting each other and how we would deal with that. So that was actually I think important to all of us.”
Higgins added keynote speaker George Cuff was one of the highlights during the day. She said he spoke about councillors’ responsibilities and good decision-making practices. She said he also touched on full disclosure and how administration and council should interact.
For more information, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Herald.