got quorum?

The Town of Aurora Heritage Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Monday, June 8th never took place. Reason: no quorum.

Reason: no quorum.

The committee consists of only 7 people: 2 councilors and 5 members of the public. It’s both curious and sad when the majority of the committee couldn’t be bothered to show up for a meeting scheduled well in advance, the only thing requested by their appointment. Especially when the agenda for said meeting lists a delegation: http://www.aurora.ca/TownHall/Lists/Council%20Calendar/CustomDispForm.aspx?ID=259&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eaurora%2Eca%2FTownHall%2FPages%2FCouncil-and-Committee-Meetings%2Easpx It reflects poorly on the town when they accept a delegation request and the delegate prepares in advance of the meeting only to learn the committee couldn’t get its act together. I attended all but 5 committee meetings of last term and I wasn’t even on the committee. Considering my demonstrated interest in the committe, not just through attending meetings but through 6 delegations as well as heritage marketing and event promotion over the same period I applied to sit on the committee this term. For which I received this rejection letter:

It reflects poorly on the town when they accept a delegation request and the delegate prepares in advance of the meeting only to learn the committee couldn’t get its act together. I attended all but 5 committee meetings of last term and I wasn’t even on the committee. Considering my demonstrated interest in the

Considering my demonstrated interest in the committee, not just through attending meetings but through 6 delegations as well as heritage marketing and event promotion over the same period I applied to sit on the committee this term. For which I received this rejection letter:

Disappointing?  Sure but instead of whining like the blip on Aurora’s political landscape John Gallo did ( https://wattstrending.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/the-committee-of-attitude-adjustment/ ) I figured that perhaps there are more interested/qualified members of the public that applied, and moved on.

Then I learned that one of the members appointed by council declined his appointment:

WTF?

How hard is it to communicate with applicants to determine if they are still interested/available for said committee before appointing them?

Stellar communications goin’ on there.

No problem though because this seat was simply re-appointed through by selecting from the numerous applications of those that claim to possess knowledge of heritage legislation, heritage architectural design and research skills.

Acceptance of any appointment comes with the recognition that meetings are held monthly yet somehow the majority of this committee failed to show up?

That’s just buckets full of fail right there.

I was less than impressed when I attended the first meeting of the committee to watch one member spend the entire meting looking at her phone. If you have no desire to be present for meetings why apply?

Or perhaps the real question that needs to be answered: why were you appointed?

If the town is wondering why they have trouble with engagement they need to revisit the process of natural vs. artificial selection as it applies to their advisory committees.

Members of council are within their power to cock block members of the public for whatever petty personal reasons or agendas they may have but they need to understand that when they do any illusion that there is inclusivity in their selection processes behind closed doors goes straight out the window.

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