Request for Applications to Serve on Voluntary Committees
Currently are vacancies on the following:
• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (3 vacancies)
• Audit Committee (2 vacancies)
• Joint Police Advisory Committee
Below are descriptions of some of the committees and boards of the Municipality of Yarmouth.
Planning Advisory Committee
The mandate of the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) is to provide advice and recommendations to Council in the preparation, amendment or revision of planning strategies, land-use-by-laws, zonings, subdivision by-laws and on land use matters generally. These are documents that outline council’s vision for where, when and how the municipality will grow and develop, while the by-laws identify and enforce that vision.
The PAC has 3 citizen representatives. Currently the committee consists of 11 members, including staff, Councillors and citizens. The PAC normally meets on the third Tuesday evening of the month, and the agenda and minutes can be found on our website. These meetings are open to the public.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, a standing committee of Council, shall advise and assist Municipal Council in promoting and celebrating our diverse community. This aim shall be achieved through the review of municipal policies, programs, and services resulting in recommendations that will encourage full participation by diverse communities in MODY. Municipality of Yarmouth Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee Terms of Reference
Yarmouth Recreation Committee
The Yarmouth Recreation Committee is the municipal entity responsible for recreational and leisure services for the Town of Yarmouth and the Municipality of Yarmouth. Yarmouth Recreation provides recreational programming and services for the residents of both the Town and the Municipality of Yarmouth.
The committee is composed of Councillors, staff and community representatives from each municipal unit. The committee's role is defined as follows:
To provide recreational services and/or programs for the residents of the Town and Municipality in accordance with approved policies.
The committee is responsible to provide direction and receive recommendations from the staff, relative to the recreational programs, facilities, services and activities.
The Yarmouth Recreation Committee meets the first Wednesday of every other month at 5:30 pm in the Municipality or Town of Yarmouth.
Joint Police Advisory Committee
The Joint Police Advisory Committee advises the Municipality of Yarmouth and the Municipality of Argyle in relation to the enforcement of the law, the maintenance of law and order and the prevention of crime. Its role is to:
1. Determine, in consultation with Councils, priorities, objectives and goals respecting police services in the two municipalities.
2. Act as a liaison between the community and the Yarmouth Rural RCMP.
The Joint Police Advisory Committee meets twice a year at the RCMP Rural Detachment.
Heritage Advisory Committee
The Municipality of Yarmouth recognizes the importance of protecting the heritage properties within the municipality. These refer to buildings, streetscapes, sites and other structures of historical, cultural and architectural merit.
Some of the responsibilities of the Heritage Advisory Committee are to evaluate applications made by individuals or organizations to register property as a Municipal Heritage Property, to advise on applications to substantially alter or demolish heritage properties in the municipality, and to recommend that a property be placed in the Municipal Registry, in which there are now more than thirty buildings, monuments, and sites in the Municipality of Yarmouth. Municipality of Yarmouth Heritage Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.
Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association (YASTA)
The Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Tourism Association (YASTA) is the destination marketing organization for the provincially recognized tourism region of Yarmouth and Acadian Shores.
The organization is a not-for-profit partnership of the three municipalities in Yarmouth County and the Marketing and Promotions Levy Advisory Committee. YASTA works to market the region as a tourism destination and works to develop new tourism products that motivate visitors to travel and visit our location. There are twelve regional representatives on the board of directors that are appointed by the partners. The board has one elected official from each municipality and two tourism representatives for a total of three seats per partner.
Accessibility Advisory Committee
The Accessibility Advisory Committee advises and assists Municipal Council in promoting and facilitating a barrier-free Municipality of Yarmouth for citizens of all abilities, including persons with disabilities. This aim shall be achieved through the review of municipal policies, programs and services and the identification, removal and prevention of barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Municipality of Yarmouth Accessibility Advisory Committee Terms of Reference
Mariners Centre Management Board
The Mariners Centre Management Board is responsible for creating strategic decisions for the Mariners Centre, approving budgets, accepting financial statements, giving direction to the CEO, entering into and re-negotiating agreements with third parties and much more.
The audit committee enhances the credibility of financial reporting, the independence of external auditors, and increases the reliability of financial reporting. The primary purpose of the audit committee is to procure, liaise and oversee the work of the external auditor. Municipality of Yarmouth Audit Committee Terms of Reference
Fence Arbitration Committee
The Fence Arbitration Committee hears complaints related to agricultural fencing matters.
Western Regional Housing Authority
The Western Regional Housing Authority is responsible for the maintenance of safe, suitable, and affordable housing for the benefit of low-income Nova Scotians and for administering tenant applications and placements, and resolving tenant issues.
Yarmouth International Airport Corporation
The Yarmouth International Airport Corporation is a municipal corporation responsible for all aspects of development of the Yarmouth International Airport (YQI). The Municipality of Yarmouth partners with the Municipality of Argyle and the Town of Yarmouth to form and support the corporation.