August 2019 has been the one month so far since my election to Town Council that has been the least active for me. There was one regular meeting of Town Council this month. The rest of my schedule was pretty light with just 12 events scheduled and two of those ended up getting cancelled. Here is a quick look at what my month was like:
Regular Public Meetings
Aside from the single Town Council meeting on Tuesday, August 6, I had just a handful of other meetings to attend related to the committees and boards I sit on.
Thursday, August 15 – Princeton Museum Society
Tuesday, August 20 – 3 PM – Princeton Health Care Steering Committee
Tuesday, August 20 – 7 PM – Princeton Exhibition Association
There were a few additional meetings I attended that were outside of the regular ones I typically participate in.
Tuesday, August 6 – I had a meeting with members of SOHC (Support Our Health Care) to gain a better understanding of the Community Health Centre concept and how it fits into a Primary Care Network. This is related to a project I am assisting the Mayor on for next month’s UBCM. (*)
Tuesday, August 13 – PXA Site Inspection. This was a walkabout to observe issues that need to be remedied at the facility.
Wednesday, August 21 – Meeting with Bryan Safarik of BC Green. I attended this lunch meeting with staff and other members of Town Council to meet and speak with the company that is developing the large project at the Princeton Industrial Park.
(* denotes meeting attended alone. All other meetings include members of Town Council and Staff).
My August did include two road trips for out-of-town meetings. Here are the details on what they were:
Thursday, August 8 – Meeting in Tonasket, Washington. I drove to Princeton’s Sister City to meet with City of Tonasket Councillor Jensen Sackman to discuss the Sister City relationship. I am in a rather interesting position for this as I was at the original meeting that put the Sister City plan in place back in 1987. Jensen and I have also known each other for the past several years so it was nice to meet with her in our official capacities to try to come up with a plan to help build the Sister City relationship between our communities. I also met with City of Tonasket Mayor Dennis Brown who was clearly supportive of Sackman and me working together on this project. Watch for more on this to come. (*)
Friday, August 16 – I was in Penticton for another follow up meeting to the Primary Care Community Workshop. One more is scheduled for September.
Tuesday, August 13 – As part of Heritage & Culture Week, leading up to the annual Traditional Music Festival, I was once again a ‘guest speaker.’ This is the fourth year I have done this and each time I put together a PowerPoint presentation that involves my wife, Brenda in giving me assistance. This year I made a presentation titled, “History of A Small Town Newspaper” and shared a brief history on the Similkameen News Leader. I also included several ‘secrets’ about the business that was enjoyed by all in attendance.
September looks to be a hectic time for all of us on Town Council with all committee meetings back on track. The month will end with a week in Vancouver for UBCM (Union of British Columbia Municipalities) which will see elected officials from throughout the province in attendance for workshops, meetings and other activities. I’m looking forward to being there!
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.