Council eager to move on to next phase of review

Gary Kean
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He couldn’t give any specific details on what’s being recommended, but Mayor Charles Pender says he and council are content with the progress of the City of Corner Brook’s operational and organizational review so far.

Earlier this week, council met with KPMG, the consultant hired to come up with a report outlining ways how the city can be run more efficiently. Last month, the firm’s representatives met separately with council and city staff before conducting a public consultation during which residents could provide input.

The recent meeting’s purpose was to inform council on how things have been going so far.

“I can’t give any details because it is an interim report and is subject to change,” the mayor said.

Council went over the general themes of what the consultants heard and looked at how Corner Brook’s operations fare with seven or eight other communities it is being compared to. The consultants will now digest their findings and the latest meeting with the city before returning June 10 to discuss the next phase of developing the report.

“Between now and then, they will be refining that part of it and looking at some possible organizational structures we could be looking at,” said Pender. “When they come back June 10, council and staff will be involved with looking at how we change the structure we have there now.”

The mayor said there are two or three organizational models being looked at and the consultant will suggest which one might best fit the city.

The final report is expected to be in council’s hands in early August.

“Council is pleased with the discussion and the work that’s being done with KPMG,” said Pender. “We’re on track. From everyone’s perspective, it’s a healthy thing to look at the organization and at how we can change it to make it more efficient and more effective.”

Organizations: KPMG

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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