Revelstoke’s newly elected city council met for the first time this afternoon. At the inaugural council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, lawyer Chris Johnston administered the oaths of office for mayor-elect Gary Sulz and councillors-elect Michael Brooks-Hill, Nicole Cherlet, Steven Cross, Rob Elliot, Jackie Rhind and Cody Younker.
Johston, a former Revelstoke city councillor, spoke about the commitment it takes to sit on city council saying it takes a considerable amount of sacrifice of personal time and personal life.
“I thank the outgoing council for their service to the community the past four years and welcome the new council,” said Johnston.
Newly elected mayor Gary Sulz thanked the new council for standing up for the community, but also gave praise to previous councils, and recognizing the work of city staff in aiding council to do its work.
“We are not here today because of one particular group we are here today for every group,” said Sulz.
Tuesday’s meeting included the selection of councillors to various select committees and commissions. Here’s a break-down of committees and commissions Revelstoke city councillors will sit on:
The City of Revelstoke does not have any standing committees and instead uses the committee of the whole, which is comprised of all of council, and involves a less formal process than regular council meetings. Select committees are appointed by council with a minimum of one member of council as a member of the committee dealing with a specific issue or task.
Committee to Approve Public Events: Councillor Steven Cross
Community Social Development Committee: Councillor Jackie Rhind
Environmental Advisory Committee: Councillor Nicole Cherlet
Health Advisory Committee: Councillor Mike Brooks-Hill
Public Art Committee: Councillor Nicole Cherlet
Revelstoke & Area Emergency Management Program Committee: Mayor Gary Sulz and councillor Rob Elliot
Tech Steering Committee: Councillor Nicole Cherlet
Tourism Infrastructure Advisory Committee: Councillor Cody Younker
Youth Advisory Committee: Councillor Cody Younker
Advisory Planning Commission: Councillor Rob Elliot
CSRD Economic Development Commission: Councillor Steven Cross (recommended to the CSRD)
Heritage Advisory Commission: Councillor Mike Brooks-Hill
Community Organization Liaison Appointments
Revelstoke (CFDC): Councillor Rob Elliot
Okanagan College (Local Advisory Committee): Councillor Steven Cross
Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Advisory Committee: Councillor Nicole Cherlet
Revelstoke Arts Council: Councillor Nicole Cherlet
Revelstoke Bear Aware Society: Councillor Jackie Rhind
Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce: Councillor Cody Younker and councillor Nicole Cherlet
Revelstoke Community Foundation: Councillor Rob Elliot
Revelstoke Community Housing Society: Councillor Mike Brooks-Hill
Revelstoke Local Food Initiative: Councillor Nicole Cherlet
Revelstoke Museum and Archives Association: Councillor Jackie Rhind
Revelstoke Golf Club: Councillor Rob Elliot
Appointments to city operations
Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation: Mayor Gary Sulz and councillors Cody Younker and Mike Brooks-Hill
Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation: Mayor Gary Sulz and councillors Rob Elliot, Jackie Rhind and Steven Cross
Columbia Shuswap Regional District municipal director: Mayor Gary Sulz
Columbia Shuswap Regional District alternate municipal director: Councillor Steven Cross
Board of the Okanagan Regional Library director: Councillor Steven Cross
Board of the Okanagan Regional Library alternate director: Councillor Mike Brooks-Hill
Municipal Insurance Association of BC (MIABC) Board director: Mayor Gary Sulz
Municipal Insurance Association of BC (MIABC) Board alternate director: CAO Allan Chabot