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City manager to vote for new directors with Buffalo Pound

The City of Moose Jaw will use its voting rights during the upcoming Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation membership meeting to elect three members to sit on the board of directors.
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Moose Jaw City Hall. (Matthew Gourlie photograph)

The City of Moose Jaw will use its voting rights during the upcoming Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Corporation membership meeting to elect three members to sit on the board of directors.

During its March 23 regular meeting, city council voted 6-1 to re-appoint incumbents Ben Boots and Daryl Posehn, and appoint new member Patricia Warsaba, to the corporation’s board of directors for three-year terms, ending April 2023. The city manager, as the proxy, will be authorized to use the municipality’s voting rights to elect the three individuals.

Coun. Brian Swanson was opposed.

Moose Jaw and Regina are voting membership holders of Buffalo Pound and must exercise their voting rights at a membership meeting to appoint members to the board, a city council report explained. However, both city councils must delegate authority to their respective city administrations to exercise the voting rights.

There are currently six directors who sit on the board, with their terms expiring at a staggered rate, from 2020 to 2021 to 2022.

The corporation’s governance and nominating committee has recommended that Boots and Posehn be re-appointed, considering the organization is about to launch a major water plant renewal project, the report said. Boots is a professional engineer and former general manager of the water treatment plant. Posehn is a professional engineer and former vice-president of SaskEnergy and TransGas.

The corporation recently changed its bylaws to expand its board to seven members so that there is more variety, skills and experience among directors. This also simplifies the voting process since it removes the chance for equal votes for or against a motion.

The committee recommended Warsaba to filled the seventh board position. She is a senior corporate commercial lawyer at McKercher LLP in Regina, has served on other boards, has legal experience that the board identified as a desirable skillset to have, and expands the board’s diversity.

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for April 13. 




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