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Appeal board appointments discussed by M.D. council

Posted on February 9, 2023 by Taber Times

By Cole Parkinson
Taber Times

The Municipal District of Taber has appointed members to the Chinook Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. The appeal board is a collaborative board managed by the Oldman River Regional Services Commission (ORRSC) that is made up of qualified members from surrounding municipalities. When an appeal is submitted, ORRSC can form a panel from this larger pool of members regardless of the municipality that they represent.

“I know in last October, we did appoint Jennifer Crowson to be a member at large for the M.D. I understand the Town of Vauxhall has also appointed Jennifer Crowson,” stated Reeve Merrill Harris at the M.D.’s regular meeting on Jan. 24.

“That is correct,” replied CAO Arlos Crofts. “I think the RFD references that as well, I guess when we confirmed or double-checked with ORRSC, the M.D. has the opportunity to appoint up to two additional members at large. So, that’s up to two. Ultimately, that would lie within council’s discretion, but that’s who we have trained and has been there in the past. They do have to meet certain training requirements.” 

The M.D.’s bylaw states that “appointed board members from a municipality shall consist of no more than three members, with no more than one being an elected official and the other two being non-elected officials who are persons at large. If two or less persons are appointed as members, they must be non-elected persons at large”.

Former CISDAP members Bill Parkinson and John Sinclair are trained and stated their willingness to the M.D. to be members at large. With Crowson already approved for the board by the Town of Vauxhall, there is an opportunity to add other members.

“At the time, we weren’t aware that Jennifer Crowson had been also appointed by the Town of Vauxhall. She still could be technically appointed, but given that Vauxhall appointed her, she’s in the pool of candidates already,” said Crofts.

While the M.D. had names in front of them to appoint this go around, there were questions about the process of appointing members in the future. 

“I’m not sure how we come up with those people that are members at large. I don’t know what the process has been in the past,” said Harris.

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