The meeting of the Council Workshop was held on Monday, January 26, 2015 in Operations Centre, 1275 Maple Hill Court, 395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket.


Members Present:

Mayor Van Bynen

Regional Councillor Taylor

Councillor Vegh

Councillor Kerwin

Councillor Twinney

Councillor Hempen

Councillor Sponga

Councillor Broome-Plumley

Councillor Bisanz



Staff Present:

R.N Shelton, Chief Administrative Officer

I. McDougall, Commissioner of Community Services

A. Moore, Commissioner of Corporate Services

P. Noehammer, Commissioner of Development and Infrastructure Services.

A. Brouwer, Director of Legislative Services/Town Clerk



The Council Workshop was called to order at 9:15 a.m.


Mayor Van Bynen in the Chair.





In accordance with the Town's Procedure By-law, no decisions are to be made but rather this meeting is an opportunity for Council to have informal discussion regarding various matters.


Declarations of Pecuniary Interest










Identification of Draft Strategic Priorities.




Mayor Van Bynen introduced Mr.George Schrijver, WCM Consulting and Doug Leitch, Tandem Thinkers. Mr. George Schrijver provided a review of the agenda and workshop “Rules of Engagement” and made opening remarks.


Members of Council identified strategic priorities for the term for discussion. The consultants requested each Member of Council to individually rank their priority item to be combined for discussion as a group.


It was clarified that matters referred from the previous Council will be brought forward through a report to Committee of the Whole.


Council consented to having the consultant work with staff to re-organize the ranked priority items for distribution and another round of ranking and review by individual Members of Council. This information would then be brought forward for discussion at a subsequent Council Workshop, together with reference to priorities identified in the previous term of Council and initial considerations. It was noted that there is a tentative Council Workshop date of March 2, 2015.


The Council Workshop recessed at 10:30 a.m.


The Council Workshop reconvened at 10:45 a.m.




There being no further business, the Council Workshop adjourned at 12:00 p.m.



Tony Van Bynen, Mayor


Andrew Brouwer, Town Clerk


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