A year long process is underway at North Bay City Hall to identify efficiencies and a better way of carrying out services. The chair is George Maroosis. Maroosis says at this time, it’s way too early to identify what the committee will find and adds everything is possible. Maroosis says it’s also too early to tell if the review will produce fewer employees and if money will be spent on modernizing the system.
In fact, Maroosis says the committee may find technological ways to carry out services. The problem there is the implementation costs will be high before the City starts to see savings. Maroosis says one thing the committee won’t be is a slash and burn group. He says the committee may find areas that need additional resources and still others where the question will be “Why did we do that”.
In addition to Maroosis, the group is made up of Mayor Al McDonald and councillors Mac Bain, Mike Anthony and Mark King. CUPE and fire services will also be asked to have representation on the review committee. The group will also look at the agencies, boards and commissions. For now the committee will do the work in house, but hasn’t ruled out hiring a consultant as it looks for ways to find value for money