Communication issue sends expense policy back to committee – Nova Scotia News

Communication issue sends expense policy back to committee – Nova Scotia News

ARICHAT: Concerns from four members of Richmond County’s municipal Policy Committee, including an elected councillor and three members of the public, have delayed the municipality’s efforts to approve a new Travel and Expense Policy that would see municipal expense claims posted on-line.

Although Richmond Warden Brian Marchand and councillor Alvin Martell initially suggested that the new policy should receive formal approval at this week’s regular council meeting in Arichat, councillors eventually voted 4-0 to defeat the motion in the wake of comments from councillor James Goyetche and three of the Policy Committee’s members-at-large.

According to Goyetche and the committee members who spoke at the March 27 meeting, one final committee meeting is required to review changes that were made to the policy following a mid-February meeting of the committee. While interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Maris Freimanis suggested that the revised policy did not draw any criticisms or concerns after it was e-mailed to all committee members, Goyetche suggested that further review is required.

“There are some things in that draft that I want to go through,” Goyetche declared. “I don’t care if we spend six months on policies for Richmond County. We’ve got to make sure that what we do is the right thing.”

James Goyetche

Following comments from three county residents who serve as members-at-large for the Policy Committee, Deputy Warden Jason MacLean agreed that these committee members’ concerns must be taken into account.

“In fairness to the people who we are asking to come on board and join committees, we’ve heard from three…

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