Nanaimo council has tabled discussion of a review of its corporate strategy for a week to allow staff more time to gather information about what has been done on the plan so far.
Mayor John Ruttan and councillors were set to debate a staff recommendation to have Ladysmith-based consulting firm RETHINK Group review progress on the plan at an estimated cost of $3,000.
But Coun. Jim Kipp said he wanted further information before proceeding. Council endorsed Kipp's motion to put off deliberation for a week.
Kipp said he also wanted all of council to be present before a decision is made. Coun. Fred Pattje was absent and Coun. George Anderson was not present for the discussion at the committee meeting.
"I would like a session to go over some of the positives (of the plan)," Kipp said.
"Do we need another consultant, or can we not evaluate it as a council now?" he asked. "We've understood it for a year, we've had reports on it."
City human resources director Terry Hartley had suggested the review of the plan, which was approved just over a year ago by council.
The document was put together to form a long-term vision and focus for the city, and highlights six areas where the city aims to make progress: Water, waterfront enhancement, transportation and mobility, infrastructure and facilities, community building partnerships and improvement in local governance. The process of implementing the plan has so far had three quarterly reviews by city officials, including one in December, followed by two others in March and June. But Hartley said there has so far not been "significant discussion" on the progress of the plan to date.
She said the review would be a chance for elected officials "to get into more detailed discussion on how the plan is being rolled out" from a "neutral" source.
She said RETHINK Group is well-positioned to do that, noting that the firm was at all of the community workshops hosted to gather feedback from the public during the plan's formation.
"They have that context," she added.
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