The Nation Municipality will soon be meeting at a new time, and citizens will have easier access to information about what’s on the agenda.
Councillor Francis Brière’s recommendation that the start time of council meetings move to 6 pm from the current 4 pm on Mondays, was passed unanimously.
Staff reports related to each item on the meeting agenda will also now be accessible online to everyone on the Friday before meetings.
Currently, that information is not made available to the public and press.
Brière said the changes are meant to make council meetings and decision making more accessible to residents.
He wants to encourage more public participation and said residents had complained that the 4 pm start time made it difficult to attend meetings because of conflicts with work schedules.
It is not yet known when the new meeting time will take effect. Municipal staff members are going to examine how to implement the change.
Councillor Marie-Noëlle Lanthier will be a representative to the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), which is the provincial advocacy organization of rural municipalities.
Lanthier said it is important to have francophone representation at ROMA.
Voters’ List needs update
Council voted in support of a resolution that originated in the municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula asking the Ontario government and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to reform how municipal voter’s lists are compiled.
It’s the latest in a series of motions councils across the province have been passing after finding major errors and inaccuracies with the Voters’ for the 2018 election.
Alcohol to be sold at campground near Limoges
Alcohol will also be sold soon at a popular campground near Limoges. Council approved a liquor license for Kittawa Camping. Alcohol was not available previously at the facility.