Tuesday, May 22, 2007

First meeting, and committees

Bit to catch up on here, but there has been a bit to catch up on everywhere, which is why it has gone quiet.

The first meeting on Tuesday was preceded by a mock meeting on Monday, and a run through the standing orders, which are the rules of engagement for the full meetings. The mock meeting featured a debate on whether the Roses sweetie tin that is used to collect all the ballots for votes should be retired and replaced by an electronic system. The tin lived to fight another day, following a recorded vote demanded by the anti-tin faction, the heretics that they are.

Down to real business on Tuesday, and the sorting out of committees and chairmanships. My own ambitions for this were modest, and I was pleased to be elected to the Policy and Resources committee in one of the four places for ordinary councillors (i.e. not chairmen, convener or vice-convener), and also Monitoring and Audit, both of which should get me up to speed with the machinations of the Cooncil fairly quickly. As everbody serves on 4 committees, this left two more to be allocated by the mysterious program, and after some swapping, I am also on the Education, Recreation and Cultural Services and Development committees. And the Orkney and Shetland Joint Valuation Board, but not Licensing, as I don't want to be thrown out of a pub for the wrong reasons. Even for the right reasons isn't good.

Being on P&R also carries an extra workload though, and this was apparent in the first additional meeting in the afternoon of the same day to determine membership of the P&R sub-committees. There are a lot.

After a blur of voting I believe I am on the following sub-committees: Personnel; Land and Property; Information Services; Legalised Police Cells (my concentration slipped for moment there); and Oil Development. I've sussed Jimmy Moar as a smooth operator here, as he shrewdly nominated others throughout this process! This may be sour grapes on my part, having lost out to him on the vote for Sustainable Energy, following the drawing of lots after a 6-6 tie...

So that's 10 committees, boards or sub-committees, each generating a three inch pile of double-sided paper to be read before each meeting. The Hercule Poirot books might be getting a rest for some time...

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