Committees

Find links to committee schedules, agendas and minutes, read committee descriptions.

Find descriptions and terms of reference for different types of committees. Meetings schedules, agendas and minutes are posted on our calendar. 

Serving on a committee

Standing committees are appointed by city council to consider specific matters. City council may appoint advisory committees and subcommittees from time to time to serve in an advisory capacity. 

Committee vacancies 

The City of Quinte West is now accepting applications to fill one (1) vacancy on the Accessibility Advisory Committee. The successful applicant’s term will begin on Dec. 6, 2021 with the term ending Nov. 14, 2022. All applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2021. 

Advisory committees to council 

An advisory committee advises the council directly based on the mandate outlined in their terms of reference. 

The accessibility advisory committee consists of persons with disabilities and others from the community who have a direct interest in accessibility issues. The committee has been formed to make recommendations to city council on matters relating to equal opportunity and access for all persons, regardless of needs, to participate as fully as possible in all aspects of our community.  The committee provides input in the development of initiatives that address the reduction and prevention of barriers in our community that would otherwise restrict accessibility for disabled persons.

The responsibilities of the accessibility advisory committee are to:

  • Review site plans for commercial/industrial developments and plans of subdivisions to provide insight and input regarding the accessibility.
  • Review City buildings/facilities/infrastructure/services and make recommendations.
  • Review bylaws of the City that incorporate any matters deemed to affect accessibility in the community.
  • Take a proactive role in the City’s efforts to provide a barrier-free environment. 
  • Raise public awareness of accessibility issues.

Contact 613-392-2841 to reach the staff person responsible for this committee.

Agenda and meeting minutes 

View the agenda for an upcoming meeting or the minutes of a previous meeting.

Committee meeting schedule

Committee meetings are held every other month on the second Wednesday of the month or as required at the chair’s call. Learn about details on upcoming and previous meetings. 

Committee members 

  • Terry Cassidy, councillor
  • Deborah Bonter, public member
  • Chelsey Brooks, public member
  • Marion Croft, public member
  • Doug Jackson, public member
  • Irene Robbins, public member

The agricultural advisory committee serves as an advisory resource to the city council and the planning advisory committee to develop and review planning policy and its impact on agriculture in the City of Quinte West. The agricultural advisory committee consists of council members and public members with strong and active ties to the agricultural community. 

The information of the agricultural advisory committee recognizes the importance that the city places on developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the agricultural community. 

The responsibilities of the agricultural advisory committee are:

  • Advise council, through the planning advisory committee, on matters affecting agriculture in Quinte West.
  • Solicit and coordinate the interests and concerns of Quinte West’s agricultural community, its farmers, farm organizations, and agricultural farm support industries and communicate those interests and concerns to the city council. 
  • Review studies, plans and proposals as may be referred to the committee by city council and staff and comment on their agricultural impact.
  • Recommend to city council studies necessary to help resolve and/or improve agricultural problems and conditions.
  • Advise and assist the City in the implementation of Quinte West’s agricultural goals, objectives and policies. 

Contact 613-392-2841 or planning@quintewest.ca to reach a staff liaison for the agricultural advisory committee. 

Committee meeting schedule

The agricultural advisory committee meets at the call of the Chair. 

Committee members 

  • Jim Alyea, deputy mayor
  • Al DeWitt, councillor
  • Dave McCue, councillor
  • Karen Sharpe, councillor
  • Brian Crews, public member
  • Gayle Grills, public member

The committee of adjustment is a quasi-judicial body delegated the authority for granting consents (severances) and minor variances. Learn more about the committee of adjustment and applications’ processing. 

Contact 613-392-2841, Ext. 4462 to reach the staff person responsible for this committee. 

Agenda and meeting minutes 

View the agenda for an upcoming meeting or the minutes of a previous meeting. 

Committee meeting schedule

Committee meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month (except January). Learn about details on upcoming and previous meetings. 

Committee members 

  • Jim Alyea, deputy mayor 
  • David Emmons, public member
  • Paul Lafferty, public member
  • Douglas Phillips, public member
  • Harm Zylstra, public member

These committees are established by municipal bylaw or provincial law and function according to legal requirements.

The corporate and financial services committee is a standing committee of city council. The committee’s goal is to set the financial policies, priorities and directions for the City of Quinte West. 

The responsibilities of the corporate and financial services committee are:

  • Setting and overseeing the financial policies of the organization.
  • Dealing with corporate facility issues and leases.
  • Setting fees for general government and recreation.
  • Functioning as the audit committee for the City. 

Contact 613-392-2841 to reach the staff person responsible for this committee. 

Agenda and meeting minutes 

View the agenda for an upcoming meeting or the minutes of a previous meeting.

Committee meeting schedule

Committee meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Learn about details on upcoming and previous meetings.  

Committee members 

  • Karen Sharpe, councillor – chair
  • David McCue, councillor – vice-chair 
  • Michael Kotsovos, councillor
  • Don Kuntze, councillor 
  • Jim Harrison, mayor
  • Jim Alyea, deputy mayor
  • Lynda Reid, councillor 
  • Leslie Roseblade, councillor 
  • Al Dewitt, councillor 

The purpose of the economic development and tourism committee is to assist in making recommendations to city council on matters pertaining to economic development and tourism that will foster and enhance business retention and expansion in the community; improve the profile for Quinte West as a tourism destination and attract business and tourism investment. Areas of focus include the following:

  • Business retention and expansion
  • Downtown revitalization 
  • Tourism product development and enhancement
  • Support and strengthen Quinte West’s brand in the marketplace
  • Industrial land development
  • Workforce development recruitment and attraction

Contact 613-392-2841 to reach the staff person responsible for this committee. 

Agenda and meeting minutes 

View the agenda for an upcoming meeting or the minutes of a previous meeting.

Committee meeting schedule

Committee meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (excluding July, August, and December). Learn about details on upcoming and previous meetings.  

Committee members 

  • Michael Kotsovos, councillor – chair
  • Al DeWitt, councillor – vice-chair
  • Lynda Reid, councillor 
  • Fred Kuypers, councillor 
  • Sally Freeman, councillor
  • Leslie Roseblade, councillor
  • Dianne Campbell, chamber representative
  • John Harris, public member
  • Andre DeVries, public member
  • Wendy Ouelette, public member
  • Barney Goldberg, public member
  • Kelly Scott, public member
  • Rose Ouelette, public member
  • Ian Smylie, public member

The purpose of the fire and emergency services committee is to exercise oversight on behalf of the city council in the area of fire and emergency services, such as fire prevention and suppression, first response medical care, and various emergencies other than those requiring police. The committee also reviews reports concerning personnel, equipment, training, and the fire department’s operations. 

Contact 613-392-2841 to reach the staff person responsible for this committee. 

Agenda and meeting minutes 

View the agenda for an upcoming meeting or the minutes of a previous meeting.

Committee meeting schedule

Committee meetings are held quarterly throughout the year at the call of the chair. Learn about details on upcoming and previous meetings. 

Committee members 

  • Sally Freeman, councillor – chair
  • Terry Cassidy, councillor – vice-chair
  • Michael Kotsovos, councillor
  • David O’Neil, councillor 
  • Don Kuntze, councillor 
  • Jim Alyea, deputy mayor
  • Randy Blakely, public member
  • Lisa Kuypers- Schroedter, public member
  • Stuart Gilboord, public member

The planning advisory committee has been delegated the responsibility to conduct public meetings as prescribed under the Ontario Planning Act. The committee makes recommendations to city council on a variety of planning matters; including but not limited to zoning bylaw amendment applications, plans of subdivisions and/or condominiums, and amendments to the official plan. The committee is also the standing heritage advisory committee and property standards committee. 

The responsibilities of the planning advisory committee include:

  • Listen to the concerns of citizens and developers.
  • Evaluate recommendations made by staff.
  • Make recommendations to council regarding development applications. 

Contact 613-392-2841 or planning@quintewest.ca to reach a staff liaison for the planning advisory committee. 

Agenda + meeting minutes 

View the agenda for an upcoming meeting or the minutes of a previous meeting. 

Committee meeting schedule

Committee meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Learn about details on upcoming and previous meetings.  

Committee members 

  • Jim Alyea, deputy mayor – chair
  • Don Kuntze, councillor – vice-chair
  • Terry Cassidy, councillor
  • Fred Kuypers, councillor 
  • David O’Neil, councillor
  • David McCue, councillor
  • Douglas Crews, public member
  • Gerard Edison, public member
  • Rick Searle, public member

The public works and environmental services committee is responsible for making city council’s decisions and recommendations regarding public works issues. 

Contact 613-392-2841 to reach the staff person responsible for this committee. 

Agenda and meeting minutes 

View the agenda for an upcoming meeting or the minutes of a previous meeting. 

Committee meeting schedule

Committee meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. Learn about details on upcoming and previous meetings. 

Committee members 

  • Allan DeWitt, councillor – chair
  • David McCue, councillor – vice-chair
  • Karen Sharpe, councillor 
  • Fred Kuypers, councillor 
  • Lynda Reid, councillor 
  • Leslie Roseblade, councillor 
  • David Shoniker, public member
  • Jessica Smylie, public member
  • Wayne Scaletta, public member
  • Charles (Chuck) Naphan, public member

Boards

City council has representation on the following external boards:

The Police Services Board is an independent Civilian Oversight Board. The Board will fulfill its provincial responsibilities, as outlined in Section 10 of the Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.P. 1, and the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019, S.O, C.P 1. The Board will foster accountability by acting as the intermediary to the O.P.P and to the community by making evidence-based decisions and following best practices.

The goals of the O.P.P. detachment board are as outlined in Sections 68 to 71 of the Community Safety and Policing Act.

Membership
Two members of council
One public representative appointed by council
Two people appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, S. 27 (5).

Members
Mayor Jim Harrison (Chair)
Deputy Mayor Jim Alyea
Don O’Neill
Ted Reid (Vice-Chair)
Chuck O’Malley

Meetings
The Police Services Board shall meet a minimum of four times per year, and more frequently at the discretion of the chair.

To contact the secretary to the Quinte West Police Services Board, email qwpsb@quintewest.ca or call 613-392-2841, ext. 4433. 

Ontario Provincial Police, Quinte West Detachment 

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