Council Orientation

Council Orientation

With a new Term of Council, comes a lot of new information for our Councillors. Staff works hard to gather information that will help our new and returning members of Council in fulfilling their duties. The following Council Orientation Package was provided to Council to assist them in their important duties. Click on the various section links below to review information from that section. Please note - this information was in effect when it was provided to Council as of December 1, 2018 and some of the information may have changed.

Section A - Introduction
Welcome Letter
Township Brand
Ward & Facilities Map
2014-2018 Council Achievements
Council Contacts

Section B - Zorra Government Basis

Council Composition & Term of Office; Operating in a Two Tier Municipal Structure; 
Exercise of Municipal Powers; Guiding Legislation; Financial Role of Government

Section C - Corporate Overview
Role of Staff; Policy Decisions; Statutory Officers' Roles; Direction by Individual Councillors:
Township Staff Roles & Responsibilities
Township Services
Township Staff Organizational Chart

Section D - Role of Council, Mayor & Councillor
Role of Council; Role of Mayor; Role of Councillor; Disqualification

Section E - Council Conduct
Code of Conduct; Procedural By-Law; Accountability & Transparency; Workplace
Violence & Harassment; Council-Staff Relations; Municipal Conflict of Interest
Policy 100-11 Code of Ethical Conduct for Municipal Council, Boards and Committees
By-law No. 04-18 - A By-law to amend Procedural By-law No. 05-04
Policy 100-08 - Accountability and Transparency Policy
Policy 300-25 - Harassment & Violence in the Workplace Bill 168

Section F - Meetings & Procedure
Meeting Schedule & Notice; Attendance & Voting; Meeting Record; Preparation of the
Agenda; Sample Agenda/Order of Business

Section G - Committees
Role; Legislative Requirements; Minutes/Recommendations; Policy-Making Role
Committees Webpage

Section H - Financial Information Guide
Financial Administration; Sources of Municipal Revenue; Financing Sources; Expenditures
vs. Expenses; Municipal Asset Management Planning

Section I - Council Remuneration
General; Mileage Reimbursement; Conferences & Seminars; Provision of Office Equipment
and Materials
Policy 200-10 Business and Travel Expenses

Section J - Accessibility
Integrated Accessibility Standards; Accessibility Plans/Reports; Accessibility Training\

Section K - Township Building for the Future
Township Building for the Future; Upcoming "Big Items"
Strategic Plan
Recreation, Arts & Culture Master Plan
New Residents Guide

Section L - Resources
Terms & Definitions; IT Information; Township Staff Roles/Responsibilities; How To/Now you Know

The Township of Zorra is taking steps to support our community's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and measures taken by Southwestern Public Health. We are monitoring our operations daily to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our residents, employees and visitors. Visit our COVID-19 page for regular updates.