Buller District Council

Media Release – Emergency Committee established

24th March, 2020

Buller District Council held an emergency meeting this morning to consider the establishment of an Emergency Committee that can function with a lower than usual quorum.

At this meeting Council passed a resolution which established an Emergency Committee, with a membership of three (3) consisting of the Mayor Jamie Cleine as the Chair, Deputy Mayor Sharon Roche as the Deputy Chair and one committee, or portfolio, or community board chair, whose area of responsibility aligns to the matter of urgency in the first instance: or in the second instance is available.

This approach delegates to the Emergency Committee all Council’s functions, responsibilities, duties and powers that cannot be exercised by the Council using its standard processes and procedures due to pandemic, other natural disaster or state of emergency, except for those that have been delegated to staff, or cannot be delegated through any other legislation.

For the purposes of the COVID-19 emergency, Council approved the Chief Executive’s financial delegation be set at $1million, to allow for any unanticipated urgent expenditure. Any such unanticipated expenditure must be reported back to the Emergency Committee.

The Emergency Committee and the resolutions passed by Council will remain in place until the New Zealand Government reduces the alert level to level two. 

 

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