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Council takes oath of office

The new municipal council is meeting today to establish priorities for the three-year term which began Tuesday.

The new municipal council is meeting today to establish priorities for the three-year term which began Tuesday.

“We also need to get going on a 2012 budget,” said Mayor James Baker.

The council consists of Baker as well as two incumbent councillors and four newcomers.

“They are all keen and they have been working with staff on what’s required of them and what needs to be done,” said Baker.

Committee appointments have also been handed out.

Baker will serve on the access and age-friendly committee, as well as the Regional District of Central Okanagan board.

Duties for Oyama ward councillor Owen Dickie include the agriculture and access and age-friendly  committees.

Coun. Lisa Cameron will go to Okanagan Regional Library, the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and the economic planning and development committee.

Coun. Penny Gambell’s appointments include the agriculture, economic and water services committees while Coun. Rob Geier will go to the public art and parks and recreation committees.

For Coun. Jamie McEwan, duties will include the public art and parks and recreation committees and the regional economic development commission.

Coun. Barbara Leamont will serve on the parks and water services committees, and be liaison to the Lake Country Seniors Housing Society and the Winfield Senior Citizens Society.

Baker admits it was a challenge to determine appointments based on interest and skills.

“I got a hold of everyone and talked to them about where they would like to be,” he said.

 

-Vernon Morning Star

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