With the number of regular Town Council meetings cut in half during July and August, it by no means indicates that things are a lot slower. In fact, my schedule was only slightly lighter than normal with a total of 15 events planned with 2 of those getting cancelled on short notice. Here is a complete breakdown of the things I did during July 2019:
Regular Public Meetings
There was just one regular meeting of Town Council – Tuesday, July 2. The biggest news to come out of that meeting was probably the decision to refer to the 2020 budget a garbage can replacement project that would see $36,000 (plus installation) earmarked for bear-proof containers. These would be replacing about 16 or so existing public-use garbage containers in and around the Town.
Almost all of my regular committee meetings still took place in July. Here is a quick list of what they were:
Thursday, July 11 – Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee – this is a new committee struck in December by Town Council and this was the first meeting of the group.
Tuesday, July 16 – PXA, Princeton Fairgrounds (*)
Wednesday, July 17 – Princeton Arts Council, Riverside Centre (*)
Thursday, July 18 – 10:00 AM – Interagency (*)
Thursday, July 18 – 5:30 PM – Princeton Museum & Archives Society, Museum (*)
Tuesday, July 23 – Pickleball/Tennis User Groups Meeting
Monday, July 29 – Princeton Posse (*)
(* denotes meeting attended alone. All other meetings include members of Town Council and Staff).
I did end up out-of-town more frequently this month than in the past. Here’s where I went and what I was doing there:
Friday, July 12 – Primary Care Community Workshop, Penticton – this was a follow-up to the initial workshop I attended last month. Another one is set for September to wrap all the discussion points together. (*)
Wednesday, July 17 – Youth Graffiti & Mural Art Display, Keremeos Skateboard Park – this event got rescheduled minutes before I arrived but I have been following this project for a possible local event. (*)
Wednesday, July 24 – Community Talk, Community Foundation/LSCSS, Keremeos – I attended this discussion on accessibility concerns that was held in the Keremeos Seniors Centre. (*)
Monday, July 1 – Canada Day Celebration, Veterans Square – both my wife, Brenda, and I got involved in this event. She helped with decorations and manning the activity table where you could pick up Canada flags and pins. Bren even applied Canada Day temporary tattoos on a lot of children and adults (including an RCMP member!). We had a great time!
Monday, July 5 – I met with Ed Staples of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee to discuss a possible promotional project. The PHCSC meeting set for the following day got cancelled so we won’t be discussing the project again until next month.
Tuesday, July 23 – I attended a meeting at Town Hall with the organizers of HUMM (Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness). This is a rally-style motorcycle event that is exploring options to either expand or relocate.
The Juggling Act
Just a reminder that all members of Town Council have busy personal and professional lives. For me, I operate my own home-based business (Looseink Freelance Ninja) and Brenda has hers (JamBusters!) which keep both of us very occupied. However, because I work from home, I have a fair deal of flexibility that permits me to attend a high volume of meetings as part of my Town Council duties. We are all working hard in Town Hall to make Princeton a better place for all.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly community newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.