Training budget slashed by councillors – Ontario News

Training budget slashed by councillors – Ontario News


Norfolk council’s first order of business after taking charge of the county’s out-of-province training program was to cancel excursions to Vancouver and Montreal.

A supervisor at the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre in Simcoe has requested $2,190 in funding for the three-day World Conference on Drowning in British Columbia in October.

Meanwhile, a graphic designer employed by the county has asked to attend at two-day Graphic Designer Summit in Quebec, also in October. Total cost: $1,500.

“’World Conference on Drowning’?” Port Rowan Coun. Noel Haydt said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “I’m not going for that. And I would assume our graphic designers know how to do their jobs by now. That’s a total savings of $3,690.”

Norfolk’s past practice has been to leave out-of-town training approvals to senior staff. Council took control of the file during its 2017 operating budget deliberations in January.

Other out-of-province excursions on the docket for 2017 include a two-day, one-night trip to investigate how municipal officials promote tourism in parts of Michigan. Total cost: $1,500.

Another possible excursion involves the Diamond Municipal Systems User Conference in September for senior municipal finance officials.

The four-day training event concerns the latest technology and developments in the field of municipal finance. The event will be held either in Kelowna, B.C., or in Collingwood. Estimated cost: $2,500.

The final out-of-town conference in the queue is the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference in Chicago Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. This is the…

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