Champlain Township council may be changing its meeting schedule for 2023. Champlain Township Clerk Alison Collard said that the new schedule would see monthly meetings move to the fourth Thursday of the month (meetings are currently on the second Thursday of the month) and committee of the whole meetings, at which issues are discussed, recommendations are made but no resolutions are passed, would move to the second Thursday of the month.

This move would allow staff more time to prepare monthly reports, Collard said.

West Hawkesbury Ward Councillor Sarah Bigelow asked for clarification about the scheduling as it relates to reports. Reports for a given month would be received by council the following month at the regular meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month.

The notion of beginning planning meetings at 6 p.m. was also brought forward.

Vankleek Hill councillor Peter Barton asked about the hybrid meeting concept, whereby council’s meetings would be broadcast and recorded for later viewing even though meetings have returned to the in-person format.

Collard reiterated that the township did not have the equipment or the set-up for that yet, but that council could review the initiative at budget-time.