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Organization review and community centre focus of two upcoming council motions

North Bay’s new council is getting right down to tackling issues that came up during the election campaign. 

Councillor Jamie Lowery filed two notices of motion at the first regular meeting of council on Tuesday night. 

One calls for a 90-day organizational review of the city to determine effectiveness and value for the taxpayer. 

“It’s to look at how we perform, look at the metrics about how we measure ourselves and how we compare to other like organizations,” Lowery says. “A leadership review to make sure we are in a good position to deliver services to the community.” 

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He’d like it to be done in-house but says there may need to be external expertise involved, too. 

Lowery’s other motion is a review of the new community and recreation centre and what he calls a lot of unknowns about the proposed project. 

“It’s a little bit troubling because there’s not a lot of information about where they’re at,” he says. “I’m not sure at this point if there’s an actual agreement with the federal government, I don’t know whether the drawings are completed, I don’t know whether we actually are in a position to go to tender.”

Lowery also says to his knowledge they don’t have a Class A estimate of what it’s going to cost. 

In June, MP Anthony Rota announced nearly $26 million in federal funding for the proposed net-zero carbon facility.

The previous council supported the facility being located at the Omischl Sports Complex, but left it up to this new council to proceed with the project or not. 

The motions will be brought to council at the December 6 meeting.

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