Pitt Meadows Earns Key Spots on GVRD Committees

May 8, 2006

PITT MEADOWS BC: - This year Pitt Meadows will be well represented as various Greater Vancouver Regional District committees convene their meetings. Mayor Don MacLean has been appointed not only to the new Mayor's Committee but has been asked to chair the influential Finance Committee. In addition Mayor MacLean was reappointed to the Municipal Finance Authority and will serve as a Director with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

"It is always an honor to represent our community but especially exciting when we are working to shape the entire region" commented Mayor MacLean on his various appointments. Pitt Meadows Councillor Janis Elkerton was elected as Vice Chair for the Labor Relations Bureau and was appointed as a member of the Agriculture Committee. Councillor Elkerton had served as Chair of the Municipal Insurance Authority for 5 years. Mayor MacLean will also play a role at the table for the Land Use and Transportation Standing Committee formed to give direction in these key areas. "For a municipality of our size to sit on half of all of the GVRD standing committees is quite an accomplishment. I think we will bring a fresh and positive outlook. We appreciate the GVRD's recognition of our valuable input""

According to the GVRD's website, the first meeting of the GVRD's Board of Directors was held July 12, 1967, at a time when there were 950,000 people living in the Lower Mainland. Today, that number has doubled to more than two million residents, and is expected to grow to 2.7 million by 2021. Amidst this growth, the GVRD's role is to:

  • deliver essential utility services like drinking water, sewage treatment, recycling and garbage disposal that are most economical and effective to provide on a regional basis
  • protect and enhance the quality of life in our region by managing and planning growth and development, as well as protecting air quality and green spaces

The GVRD Board consists of 35 Directors representing 21 municipalities and one electoral area. These Directors are members of Council who have been appointed to the Board by their respective Councils. The number of directors appointed depends on the population of the municipality. As well, directors are allowed one vote for every 20, 000 people in their municipality, up to a total of five votes". For complete meeting information, please visit the www.gvrd.bc.ca

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For further information, call
Mayor Don MacLean, District of Pitt Meadows (604) 465-5454