Council Standing Committees

1. Administration and Human Resources

Chair: Councillor Rhonda Manning
Member: Deputy Mayor Thorne-Gosse
Alternate: Councillor Ralph Tapper
Staff: Director of Human Resources

  • Strategic Planning
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Occupation, Health and Safety
  • Compensation and Benefits
    • Compensation and benefits for CAO, Senior Management, and non-unionized staff
    • Human Resources
    • Collective Bargaining
    • Recruitment and Retention
    • Training and Development
    • Performance, productivity, and discipline
    • Hiring, discipline and dismissal decisions concerning senior management
    • Town’s Succession Plan including specific development plans and career planning
  • CAO’s Performance Evaluation
  • Municipal elections, by-elections, plebiscites, or referenda
  • Setting strategy and dealing with existing and potential regional service matters
  • Fostering partnerships in other matters requiring regional cooperation
  • Standing Committees Terms of Reference
  • Promotion, marketing, media, and advertising for the Town
  • Internal and external branding, corporate image, and customer service
  • Communications, Public Relations and Public Engagement
  • Municipal records management, information governance, access to information and protection of privacy

2. Corporate Services                        

Chair: Councillor Ralph Tapper
Member: Councillor Ward Gosse
Alternate: Councillor Tony Pollard
Staff: Director of Corporate Services

  • Financial statement reporting and auditing
  • Development and management of the annual operating budget and capital out of revenue
  • Preparation of the Annual Fees and Permits Schedule
  • Assessment and Taxation
  • Accounts Payable and recommendations for payment
  • Tax collection policy
  • External audit report and recommendations
  • Appointment of auditors, legal services and insurance agents
  • Procurement policies and compliance with the Public Tendering Act
  • Administer tender processes in conjunction with all Departments
  • Developing and implementing a capital asset management system in conjunction with Infrastructure/Public Works
  • Accountability, transparency, internal controls, financial planning, information technology, records management, procurement, risk management and insurance, sponsorships, and donations
  • Liaise with the Municipal Assessment Agency

3. Economic Development and Tourism 

Chair: Councillor Trina Appleby
Member: Councillor Rhonda Manning
Alternate: Councillor Ward Gosse
Staff: Economic Development and Tourism Officer

  • Growth and Expansion of Local Business Supports, ie. Shop Local, Awards Program, Small Business Week, Entrepreneur Week
  • Consult with the community, governing entities and interest groups on matters pertaining to economic growth
  • Business Attraction – Data collection, preparedness, and delivery for interested businesses, stakeholders/investors
  • Tourism Development and Promotion
  • Monitoring and Implementation of the Tourism Master Plan
  • Monitoring and Implementation of the Economic Development Roadmap
  • Support all Departments in funding opportunities and proposal development
  • Regional Tourism Wayfinding
  • Regional Economic Development – Fostering partnerships and shared resources
  • Garden Tourism Initiative and liaison for Canada Garden Council
  • Liaison to Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL), Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE), and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Destination Committee

4. History, Heritage, Culture and Arts

Chair: Deputy Mayor Mary Thorne-Gosse
Member: Councillor Ralph Tapper
Alternate: Councillor Rhonda Manning
Staff: Manager of Heritage, Culture, and Information Services

  • Member will serve on the Torbay Museum Advisory Committee
  • Liaison to Beach Committee
  • Liaison to Torbay Folk Arts Council
  • Liaison to NL Irish Connections
  • Strategic direction for growth of Torbay History House and Museum
  • Promotion of Torbay’s history and heritage to the community, region, and province
  • Operation of the Torbay History House and Museum (building and site)
  • Collections Management
  • Heritage Planning and historic preservation
  • Cultural Services and programming
  • Promotion of the History House and Museum to the community, business leaders, local schools, potential partners and public at large
  • Oral History, Genealogy research and archival services

5. Infrastructure and Public Works

Chair: Councillor Tony Pollard
Member: Councillor Trina Appleby
Alternate: Councillor Rhonda Manning
Staff: Director of Infrastructure and Public Works

  • Maintenance and snow clearing of streets and sidewalks
  • Construction and maintenance of infrastructure, parks, trails, playfields, open spaces and the Upper Three Corner Pond Park Complex Infrastructure
  • Maintenance of Town Buildings
  • Public Parks and Playground safety
  • Development and implementation preventive maintenance and inventory systems
  • Developing specifications, bid documents and recommending tender awards
  • Sanitation and waste disposal systems
  • Developing and implementing a capital asset management system in conjunction with Corporate Services
  • Monitor waste management systems
  • Maintenance of water, sewer and storm water systems
  • Capital projects, including infrastructure, buildings and recreation facilities
  • Engineering services
  • Fleet Maintenance and Replacement Strategy
  • Public Transportation
  • Project management – construction projects – facilities and capital works
  • Speed Calming and Pedestrian Safety – Requests, Installation and Maintenance
  • Animal Control
  • Ensure all emergency planning responsibilities are adequately met
  • Provide policy guidance and determine priorities for the Town’s Emergency Preparedness Plan Development
  • Monitoring and amending of the Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • Establish communication links with key community and regional stakeholder to ensure coordination and collaboration regarding issues and activities relating to emergency preparedness
  • Beautification of the Town
  • Liaison to Grand Concourse Authority
  • Storm Water Management – Implementation

6. Planning and Land Use Development 

Chair: Councillor Tony Pollard
Member: Councillor Ralph Tapper
Alternate: Deputy Mayor Mary Thorne-Gosse
Staff: Director of Planning and Development

  • Monitoring, implementing, and amending the Municipal Plan and Development Regulations
  • Town Plan Amendments
  • Subdivision and development applications and agreements
  • Public Consultation Processes related to Land Use Planning
  • Compliance to Urban and Rural Planning Act and Provincial and Federal Regulations
  • Development control services
  • Consult with the community and interest groups in matters relating to land use and planning
  • Real estate and land management
  • Northeast Avalon Regional Plan
  • Matters impacting protection of the environment
  • Member will serve as Council’s representative on the Environment Advisory Committee
  • Liaison to Stewardship Association of Municipalities (SAM)
  • Neighborhood Security
  • Enforcement of Municipal By-Laws
  • Speed Calming Requests – Subdivision Development
  • Municipal Water Supply – Planning
  • Climate Change
  • Storm Water Management – Planning
  • Liaison to Nature Conservancy of Canada

7. Recreation and Community Services

Chair: Councillor Ward Gosse
Member: Deputy Mayor Mary Thorne-Gosse
Alternate: Councillor Rhonda Manning
Staff: Director of Recreation and Community Services

  • Liaison with community groups, sport organizations, business community and schools
  • Aims and objectives for the development and delivery of Recreation, Leisure, Arts and Culture Services for all residents including youth and seniors
  • Promotion of active, healthy and positive lifestyles
  • Developing and delivering special events and major community events
  • Community Garden Initiative
  • Tidy Towns and Communities in Bloom
  • Snow Treasures Celebration (Winter Festival)
  • Monitoring and implementation of the Recreation Master Plan
  • Operation of The Torbay Common (Building and Site)

Special Committees

Torbay 50th Anniversary Celebrations 
Mayor Craig Scott
Deputy Mayor Thorne-Gosse
Councillor Ralph Tapper

Liason Committees

Atlantic Mayors Congress    
Mayor Craig Scott

Intergovernmental Affairs – Federal, Provincial, Municipal
Mayor Craig Scott

Jack Byrne Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre
Councillor Ward Gosse
Councillor Tony Pollard

Northeast Avalon Joint Council
Joint Council Deputy Mayor Mary Thorne-Gosse and Councillor Tapper

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
Mayor Craig Scott

Torbay Volunteer Fire Department
Councillor Rhonda Manning

Urban Municipalities Committee
Mayor Craig Scott

Municipal Water Committee
Mayor Craig Scott
Deputy Mayor Mary Thorne-Gosse
Councillor Tony Pollard

Standing Committee Meeting Schedule

Council Week

6:30PM – Public Council Meeting

10:00AM History, Heritage, Culture and Arts
6:00PM Economic Development and Tourism

Off Week

9:00AM – Administration and Human Resources
6:30PM – Committee of the Whole

3:00PM – Corporate Services

8:00AM Infrastructure and Public Works
9:30AM Planning, Land Use and Development
11:00AM Corporate Services
3:00PM Recreation and Community Services

The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all committees and the Chief Administrative Officer may attend each committee meeting at her discretion.



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