City ready to accept proposals for efficiency review

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Corner Brook Coun. Josh Carey is seen during the Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 council meeting.

CORNER BROOK — The City of Corner Brook has approved the request for proposals to carry out the organizational and operational review of the municipality, as announced in the 2014 budget speech in December.

Qualified firms have until March 7 to submit their proposals to do the work.

The request for proposals was approved by city council during its public meeting Monday.

“Council recently completed developing the terms of reference for this review and is in a position to seek requests for proposals from external third parties,” said Deputy Mayor Bernd Staeben during the meeting. “It is council’s goal to have this review completed by early to mid-summer.”

Council, city management and staff will all be involved in the review to ensure it has input from everyone. The review will also include an opportunity for residents and businesses to contribute.

The request for proposals will be advertised publicly and will be available on the city’s website in the coming days. According to the city, the successful firm will conduct a detailed review of the efficiency and effectiveness of city operations, with an emphasis on ensuring programs are conducted within their legislated mandate and that new and innovative approaches for service delivery are realized.

The task of ironing out the terms of reference for the request for proposals fell to three councillors, namely Keith Cormier, Josh Carey and Linda Chaisson.

“It was an interesting process to go through with Coun. Chaisson and Coun. Carey,” said Cormier. “We spent many hours of writing and rewriting and research to make sure we got it right.”

The review is expected to help council prepare for the 2015 budget.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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