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North Cariboo Joint Committee Changes The Way It Votes

For the first time in decades, the North Cariboo Joint Committee is changing the way it votes, at least when it comes to breaking a tie.

The Committee consists of Quesnel City Council and four northern Cariboo Regional District Directors.

As it stood, a motion where the CRD Directors were split, was defeated.

It will now go to what’s called “a weighted vote.”

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John Massier, the Director for Area C, explains…

“My understanding that a weighted vote of the participants would be the 11 votes in this room, which would be four for the City, three for Area A, two for Area B and one each for Areas C and I.”

Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson says that prevents the Committee from not making a decision…

“The current situation gives the weight to two rural directors, independent of vote, to stymie a decision, to end up in a non decision which means status quo prevails.”

Simpson went on to say that it could be the two CRD areas with just one weighted vote.

He also noted that the weighted vote that they passed mirrors the way the Cariboo Regional District Board already votes, and any decision made by the Joint Committee goes to the CRD for approval anyways.

Ted Armstrong, the Director for Area A, was the only one who voted against the motion…

“The way i read it, this could end up the city voting in such a matter that it could empower them, for better words, get my area into a function that i don’t support.”

There was also a minor name change approved on Tuesday night where the word “planning” has now been dropped from the North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee.

This is now in line with both the Central Joint Planning Committee and the South Cariboo Joint Planning Committee.

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