The Trails Committee (Advisory committee to the Recreation & Cultural Services Section) assists in creating a high-quality, all-season series of trails contributing to this area's development as a world-class destination while connecting all areas of our community by a safe, off-road, multi-use trail system.
Advisory Committee Membership
Five (5) members of the public (designated by the Mayor and ratified by Council) One (1) Council representative (designated by the Mayor and ratified by Council).
Staff Resources – Director of Recreation and Community Services, Facilities Manager, Administrative Support Person.
The Trails Committee is an advisory committee reporting to the Recreation & Community Services Section Committee of Council.
The mandate of the Trails Committee is to advise the Town on the promotion and development of a comprehensive trails system within the Town of Penetanguishene that connects Town Parks and links to trail systems within the Town of Midland and Township of Tiny. The Trails Committee will:
- Research and gather information on best practices for trails development and opportunities for external funding.
- Recommend the maintenance or development of Town trail systems including TransCanada Trail, Discovery Harbour Trail, Copeland Creek Trail and any other trail systems within or connecting Town Parks (existing or proposed), including signage or trail markers.
- Prepare promotional materials and organize/participate in events to promote trail
- Liaise with Huronia Trails & Greenways, the County of Simcoe and other trails
- Host annual events related to trails promotion to the extent provided in the annual approved budget.
Chair and Vice Chair
The Council representative on the Advisory Committee shall be the Committee’s Chair or alternate as elected by the community committee members. The Chair acts as the Presiding Officer at the meetings.
The Vice Chair shall be elected annually from the community members on the Committee. The Vice Chair serves as Chair at the meetings in the absence of the Chair.
The Trails Committee is an advisory body only.
The Trails Committee may incur expenditures to the extent provided in the annual approved budget. All purchases shall be preauthorized by the Director of Recreation and Community Services and approved in accordance with the Town’s Procurement By- law.
The Committee shall receive items for information, discuss trails-related matters or make recommendations to Council.
The frequency of the meetings shall be quarterly with additional meeting held at the call of the Director of Recreation and Community Services or Chair.
The Director of Recreation and Community Services may revise the regular meeting schedule in consultation with the Chair.
Agendas shall be made available a minimum of twenty-four hours in advance of the meeting to the Members and on the Town Website. The Director of Recreation and Community Services shall determine the content of the agendas.
Quorum shall consist of five (4) members of the Committee.
The Trails Committee operations and activities are directed by the Advisory Committee’s annual work plan, which is approved by Municipal Council.
Agent of the Municipality
In carrying out its Mandate, the Trails Committee may act as an agent of the Town of Penetanguishene while acting bona fide within the limits of the authority of the Town. No member shall incur any personal liability by reason of their participation on the Advisory Committee acting within the scope of its mandate. Nothing in the Mandate of the Advisory Committee authorizes or empowers the Committee to incur any debt, liability or obligation for which the Town may become liable without having previously obtained the consent of Council.
The Advisory Committee operations shall meet municipal, provincial and federal legislative requirements that have a bearing on their operation
Joining a Committee
The Town of Penetanguishene relies on its citizens to volunteer their time and expertise by serving on various boards and committees. If you are interested in applying to be a part of a committee, please fill out the application form below, and submit it to the Municipal Clerk.