By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express
The one-day regional council retreat now has a budget and location.
The special meeting of council, currently set for June 23, will take place at the Nestleton Waters Inn in Nestleton, east of Port Perry.
The 7,000-square-foot estate has space for meetings of between 10 and 40 people, according to its website. The website adds that the space that can hold up to 40 people – the main floor of the estate – is available for $500 for the day. A smaller boardroom that can hold up to 12 is available for $320.
The establishment also provides catering, with lunches ranging from $12.99 to $38 per person, although it is not known what, if any, of these packages will be ordered for the meeting.
According to Sherri Munns, the region’s director of corporate communications, the office of Regional Chair Roger Anderson has set the budget for the retreat at $2,000.
Munns adds that it is unknown at this point how many people from the region will be attending the meeting.
When the meeting was first discussed at a meeting of regional council in March, Anderson said regional staff would be a part of the meeting, along with councillors.
The main focus of the agenda for this meeting of council will be to set council’s priorities for the remainder of the term.
A steering committee has been formed to guide the process of creating the region’s new strategic plan, according to a report tabled at the latest finance and administration committee meeting.
The steering committee, according to the report, consists of Clarington mayor and regional councillor Adrian Foster, Whitby regional councillor Elizabeth Roy and Scugog regional councillor Bobbie Drew.
Chief administrative officer Garry Cubitt and social services commissioner Hugh Drouin will represent regional staff on the steering committee.