New BBIA Chair announces meeting to approve Terms of Reference

After weeks of working closely with the Town of Bancroft staff and council to develop new operational Terms of Reference, the Bancroft Business Improvement Area Board has announced Jody Didier as their new Chairperson.

Didier accepted the nomination at a meeting of the BBIA Board on March 5. Joan Grant, a member in her second term with the BBIA Board, accepted the position of Vice Chair at the same meeting.

The Town of Bancroft has been working closely with all its Boards to strengthen operational guidelines and the BBIA Board has made great strides after researching provincial documents and governance structures used by other successful BIAs around Ontario. Now with a fully vetted draft on the table and a new Chair and Vice Chair, the BBIA is calling on members to approve the new Terms of Reference.

“By working on formal terms of reference that expand upon the standard guidelines contained in the Municipal Act, 2001, the resulting proposed operating terms will allow the BBIA to operate to the highest standard,” Didier explained.

Now that the draft has been prepared, Didier and the BBIA Board need the membership to ratify the Terms of Reference at a public meeting that has been called for March 17.

The meeting will run from 7:30 to 9am at the Club 580. The vote on the guidelines will be called at 8:15am. All BBIA members are encouraged to attend this meeting and to take part in shaping the future of the Bancroft Business Improvement Area.

Didier says this is a positive step forward towards good governance on behalf of local business owners and the Town of Bancroft.

The proposed Terms of Reference are posted on the BBIA website, and hard copies are available at the Bancroft Municipal Office.

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